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


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:

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.

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

Columbia Journalism Review highlights Missouri drone standards

The Columbia Journalism Review interviews the Missouri Drone Journalism program on the impact of the FAA’s new Part 107 regulations, outlining the practices and standards for unmanned aircraft by newsrooms.

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Columbia Journalism Review provides an overview of drone journalism.

Drone hits airliner in London

Sobering news today:

It serves as a reminder of the importance to educate all UA operators on the safety procedures, legal guidelines, flight maneuvers and professional responsibility associated with these new aircraft.
This applies to domestic as well as international operations.

The goal of the Missouri Drone Journalism program is to encourage safe and responsible flight, and avoid something like this ever happening to a journalist or any professional in another discipline.

Program Reports on Prairie Fire: Behind the Scenes


Pilot Brendan Gibbons gives behind-the-scenes details of what it was like to fly the quadcopter drone over flames during a controlled burn at Tucker Prairie in Kingdom City, Mo, on April 2, 2013. As a member of the program, Gibbons is learning to control the drone through a remote control and use the footage captured by the drone to assist in reporting. The story on the burn is the second story completed by the Missouri Drone Program, and was published on Tuesday, April 9 on Harvest Public Media and KBIA.

Cade Cleavelin, Drone Journalist

Cade Cleavelin practiced using one of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program’s drones to fly over a few thousand snow geese congregating at Eagle Bluffs Conversation Area on Saturday, March 9. The mission of the trip was to capture an aerial shot that could illustrate just how many Snow Geese were in the area. The Snow Geese are in Columbia longer than usual due to heavy snowfall and other factors that disrupted their migration. Video by Jaime Cooke