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