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In this article you’ll learn where to get free music from for your commercial video projects and how you can easily compose music yourself — even if you’re a totally unmusical person.

Let’s assume you work in the social media team of a company. Or you’re a journalist posting social media content from the road. But you don’t have the budget to shell out money for every soundtrack in every video you produce. Simply because you produce quite a lot. Then you have two options:

  1. make use of the thousands of soundtracks which you can use for free or

Let’s start with our first option.

1. The following websites offer free music

Check out the website filmmusic.io: it lists almost 3000 soundtracks for free. You can even use them commercially, but you must mention the composer and some more specific information. …


The Indian mobile journalist Umashankar Singh reports with his smartphone from the UN in New York City.
The Indian mobile journalist Umashankar Singh reports with his smartphone from the UN in New York City.
Umashankar Singh (NDTV) is reportimg from the UN in New York City — with a smartphone. (Screenshot)

Reporting live from a demonstration, filming an interview and editing the footage on the way back to your office, doing an Insta story for your local news outlet: mobile journalism (mojo) means that you’re producing journalistic stories on the go, mainly with a smartphone. Here’s (almost) all you need to know to become a mobile journalist

1. Story comes first, first, first.

Hey, wait, you may think, isn’t this going to be about smartphones, cool apps and gadgets? Yes, sure, in a minute. But everything starts with a story you want to tell. And if it’s a good story, it must …

… be relevant to your readers, watchers, listeners, social community.

… be new.

… have a protagonist, a plot and a setting.

You can learn a lot about storytelling, the characterization of people, the creation of a plot and its setting from — Steven King. Yes, the “Shining-Carrie-Pet-Sematary” award winning master of suspense himself. …

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Bernhard Lill: journalist and trainer. Does digital storytelling, mobile journalism & social media | ex radio journo and magazine reporter | ex BBC, NDR, Stern

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