Postponed due to excessive heat advisory — Missouri Drone Workshop set for July 22

SATURDAY’S DRONE WORKSHOP IS POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO AN EXCESSIVE HEAT ADVISORY FORECAST.

The Missouri Drone Journalism program offers a drone workshop on Saturday, July 22 that provides the latest issues, regulations and trends on the use of unmanned aircraft for journalists. The one-day seminar includes presentations on videography techniques and the steps to earn the Remote Pilot License to legally fly for journalistic purposes, plus an afternoon of hands-on flight. The workshop is open to any student enrolled at the Missouri School of Journalism at no cost. The seminar is available for the public to attend for $195.

To register for the workshop, please follow this link to the Reynolds Journalism Institute and click on the “Register” tab below the Missouri Drone Journalism workshop headline:
https://www.rjionline.org/events/missouri-drone-journalism-workshop1

Download the program outline below:

AUVSI 2017 welcomes MDJ presentation on drone video techniques

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) invited the Missouri Drone Journalism program to speak on “Visual Storytelling in Drone Journalism” at the organization’s 2017 convention in Dallas. The presentation demonstrated drone aerial maneuvers that represent classic cinematography shooting methods during a Tuesday afternoon session. AUVSI is the largest organization promoting the drone industry worldwide. Dallas greeted more thank 7,000 AUVSI convention guests to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 8 – 11, 2017.

HANGING ON at the 2017 annual convention of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International — AUVSI — at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Drone Flight Labs — Spring 2017

Students maneuver DJI Phantom 1 quadcopters through the drone obstacle course on the final flight lab of the Spring 2017 semester as part of the “Drone Issues, Applications and Flight” class at the University of Missouri.  With FAA Part 107, this is the first year that outdoor operations are permitted. The course training includes a series of six hands-on exercises that introduces basic maneuvers and then advances to skilled exercises such as “yaw” and “orbit” techniques.  The “Marching Mizzou” band graciously provided their practice lot for training use during the semester.  The class is affiliated with the Missouri Drone Journalism program and promotes safe, responsible and legal use of unmanned aircraft.

Clean Energy doc project wins award

Suzy Le Bel, of the Missouri School of Journalism, won the International District Energy Association Student Video Contest with drone aerial content provided by the Missouri Drone Journalism program.  Le Bel is a student in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.  In collaboration with the MU Campus Facilities – Energy division, director Gregg Coffin says: “Your help with the drone video really helped her make an excellent product.”

Directed by Suzy Le Bel, Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism
Drone videography by Richard Shaw, Missouri Drone Journalism

Drone flight vests

Drone vests for Missouri Drone Journalism.

Missouri Drone Journalism acquires vests to improve safety, clarify identity and heighten pilot visibility during flight operations.

The vests help counter a lot of discussion and questions that would interrupt the pilot during flight controls.  It also provides authorities and law enforcement with immediate validation and transparency.

The vest are paired — one labeled for the remote pilot and another for the visual observer labeled as crew.

Drone Policy Adopted by Missouri School of Journalism

The first comprehensive guidelines for the use of unmanned aircraft was passed by the Policy Committee of the University of Missouri School of Journalism on December 14, 2016.

The action sets “safe, legal and responsible” protocol for students, faculty and staff who wish to fly drones for stories with affiliated School of Journalism news organizations or for classes.  The procedures are intended to ensure that the Missouri School of Journalism takes full advantage of the new regulations enacted by the Federal Aviation Administration in June 2016.

The core standards exceeds FAA rules by requiring practical flight experience, as well as an understanding of the concepts under Title 14 CFR, Part 107.
This includes:
• Direct supervision by a pilot holding an FAA Remote Pilot Airman license.
• Completion of an approved study guide for the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test.
• A minimum of six hour of hands-on flight training, through an intermediate skill level.

“The goal is to promote a culture of constructive attitude and pattern of behavior that demonstrates a commitment to safety,” said Richard Shaw of the Missouri Drone Journalism program.

The Missouri Drone Journalism program is an interdisciplinary partnership at the University of Missouri dedicated to helping students understand and use small, unmanned aircraft systems in service to society.

Sacred Sites to Building Boom

Drone’s dramatic storytelling power contrasts our past and present ways of life.

An ancient Native American burial mound is discovered on the bluffs above Perche Creek in Missouri during planning for a new housing development.
(Published in The Missourian, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016)
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/smith-drive-development-will-integrate-ancient-burial-mound/article_6b3f5392-bbdf-11e6-9482-2fa38877ecf1.html

New construction of multi-story luxury student apartments continue to change the skyline of Columbia, Missouri.
(Published in Vox Magazine, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)
http://www.voxmagazine.com/news/student-apartment-complex-competition-is-changing-columbia-s-skyline/article_637f413f-26c6-5ca9-9c47-8112188b7db3.html

 

 

 

 

 

Missouri Drone Workshop covers broad topics: FAA Part 107, cinematography & flight

Missouri Drone Journalism hosted a day-long workshop on the campus of the University of Missouri that attracted more than 45 participants, including students, television news photojournalists, visiting faculty and realtors.  The program covered the FAA’s new Part 107 regulations, reviewed the necessary study topics for the Remote Pilot exam, demonstrated classic cinema techniques and three hours of flight training during the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.