Part of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program involves students from the University of Missouri School of Journalism using drones to produce stories in hopes of publication by KBIA-FM and other news outlets. In an effort to be more transparent about the workings of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, the program has decided to upload the syllabus of the accompanying Field Reporting course . In this syllabus you will find discussion of the ethics of this class and the use of drones for journalistic purposes, as well as the mission statement of the project.
Welcome to the official blog for the University of Missouri Drone Journalism project. This project is a collaboration between the Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Information Technology Program and NPR member station KBIA. This semester students enrolled in a science investigative reporting course are working with UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, to create engaging, innovative, responsible public-service journalism stories. This project is being funded by a $25,000 grant from the MU Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund to explore the use of drones in journalism.
Drones tend to have a negative connotation in today’s media. The public mostly hears the word drone when associated with war and destruction. However, drone technology can be used in many other aspects, including field reporting. Part of this project’s goal is to discover how best to utilize this technology in the field of journalism.