Drone Journalism Website Returns to Action

Drone-lympics

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

Drone-lympics