The Vidacademy was established 2015 to make mobile video simple for everyone. This is achieved through workshops, one to ones, online support and workbooks. The Vidacademy courses empower individuals and organisations to share their stories with the world by demonstrating the best processes, apps, tools and platforms that they can use themselves. 

“We believe that once a person has the knowledge to make one video, they will have the ability and confidence to continue to share their stories with the world.”


Judie Russell graduated from University College Cork in 2006 with Masters in Business Economics. Over the next 5 years, she lived and worked in 11 countries and in Costa Rica she presented online videos and produced over 100 minutes of YouTube content weekly from live shows to industry news stories.

On returning to Ireland she directed, produced, presented and edited a magazine show that broadcast internationally every week on SKY. Then continuing on to edit Ireland’s longest running hidden camera show “The Fear”, and she was part of the small team behind the box office hit “The Young Offenders” the fastest Irish film to reach the one million mark at the box office in 2015.

Judie spoke at MojoCon 2016, the largest mobile journalism conference in the world, about how she turned her passion for storytelling into a mobile video training business and has since spoken at a number of conferences and events. In 2019, she became a lecturer for a communications module in University College Cork and also qualified as a Prince2 Project Manager.


Liam F

We used The Vidacademy to support our participants to shoot and edit their own videos for a recent showcase event. Judie has that great ability to combine a relaxed and sunny disposition with an attention to detail, professionalism and project management expertise which makes it very easy to work with her. 

Liam Fitzgerald


New Frontiers 2017

Kate M

The course was exactly what I needed for my own personal brand and for upskilling my abilities at work. I’ve learnt so much and my only wish is that I did this course sooner. The skills I have learned will really help me develop my career. Fantastic!

Kate Murray


Chamber of Commerce

Alan S

The course was very hands-on and engaging. The presenter connected uses to both professional and personal ideas. It was an excellent course and it exceeded my expectations.

Alan Shalvey


Aqua TT

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