Rob Layton

Bond University

Rob Layton is an Assistant Professor of Mobile Journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. His expertise has led him to work with and be published by Apple, Google, News Corp, and the ABC, among others. He was a career journalist before becoming a full-time journalism educator. He has trained journalists and producers in mobile journalism globally, including for the Australian national broadcaster’s flagship programs, as well as at Al Jazeera and News Corp. His mobile-made short documentaries have been awarded and screened in cinemas and events globally, including the United Nations Ocean Conference in Portugal, NAB in Las Vegas for the Mojo Awards, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Global Short Film Awards Cannes, Florida Surf Film Awards, and the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibit.

Rob specialises in using iPhones for filming in the ocean. His latest mojo project was a half-hour documentary about a scientific expedition filmed on a tall ship sailing a thousand kilometres around Iceland. He is undertaking a PhD into mobile journalism, exploring his concept of ‘cinematic mobile journalism’ (cinemojo). The doctoral project is a mojo documentary that examines localised surf culture at his home point break of Burleigh Heads.

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