Costa Rica Flying High

Justin Stewart captured the experience of teaching firefighters in Costa Rica to fly drones in this video that we’ve added to our Costa Rica link under the Projects tab!

DJI Recognizes Missouri Drone Journalism Program

 

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Our Missouri Drone Journalism program received promotional support from DJI.  The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently purchased the DJI Inspire 1 for the Missouri Drone Journalism Program at the Missouri School of Journalism.  We created a custom tiger-stripe “skin” wrap for the Inspire as branding for a project in Zambia, Africa.  We also fly Phantom quadcopters in our class “Civilian Drone Issues, Applications and Flight.”

Workshop Provides Safety Education for Unmanned Aircraft Operators

Rick Shaw attended an intensive symposium workshop on drone flight safety at the Unmanned Safety Institute in Orlando, Florida in June 2015.  Read his reflections on the importance of drone safety training.  The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute sponsored his tuition for the specialized training that earned him UAS Safety Certification and UAS Instructor Certification for small unmanned aircraft from the Unmanned Safety Institute, which is affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Find the story here.

From “Publishers’ Auxiliary,” August 2015

Costa Rica Trip

The first addition to our Projects page:

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Since government regulations prevent us from doing drone journalism in U.S. airspace, we look for opportunities internationally. To date, our favorite spot to fly is Costa Rica, particularly in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Below you’ll see some of our recent work there.

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New Pages!

If you look at our menu bar, you’ll notice that we have added a new page!

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Our “Projects” page will showcase drone projects from our students and faculty in locations across the world.

When it is updated, we will post a notice on our home page, but feel free to check back regularly to keep up with what we’re doing!

 

UAVs are coming…

University of Missouri class on how to fly drones and the many beneficial uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Look for more of our videos to be up in the coming weeks on our YouTube channel.

Drones in the News, 2014

 

The Columbia Tribune

The Poynter Institute

The Maneater

The Promise of Flight: Drones and Environmental Journalism

Drone Journalism Website Returns to Action

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After a short hiatus in which we concentrated on indoor teaching and international field reporting with drones, we are pleased to resume our posts on this website.

We will start with stories about our activities and courses over the past two-plus years since the Federal Aviation Administration instructed us to stop flying anywhere in U.S. airspace. We’ll also have news and information on developments in our program, which has recently expanded to include more partners.

Students fly a Phantom drone through a training obstacle course for their final flight lab for the semester on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 2015 at the University of Missouri indoor Trowbridge Arena.  The class titled “Civilian Drone Issues, Applications & Flight” included lecture classroom sessions, plus a hands-on lab component for students to learn aerial maneuvers.  This final flight lab challenged the students to navigate a series of slalom-style poles and touch-and-go landing tables, and then shoot a video “selfie” with a GoPro.  We nicknamed the final flights as the “Drone-lympics.”

Students fly a Phantom drone through a training obstacle course for their final flight lab for the semester on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 2015 at the University of Missouri indoor Trowbridge Arena. The class titled “Civilian Drone Issues, Applications & Flight” included lecture classroom sessions, plus a hands-on lab component for students to learn aerial maneuvers. This final flight lab challenged the students to navigate a series of slalom-style poles and touch-and-go landing tables, and then shoot a video “selfie” with a GoPro. We nicknamed the final flights as the “Drone-lympics.”

Our focus will remain what it always has been:

  • On exploring new approaches to information-gathering and storytelling that this rapidly evolving technology promises.
  • On preparing students to be leaders in pursuit of innovative, engaging, ethical and responsible public-service journalism anywhere in the world–using drones as on of their many tools.

Bill Allen and Rick Shaw

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