DJI Recognizes Missouri Drone Journalism Program





Our Missouri Drone Journalism program received promotional support from DJI.  The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently purchased the DJI Inspire 1 for the Missouri Drone Journalism Program at the Missouri School of Journalism.  We created a custom tiger-stripe “skin” wrap for the Inspire as branding for a project in Zambia, Africa.  We also fly Phantom quadcopters in our class “Civilian Drone Issues, Applications and Flight.”

Workshop Provides Safety Education for Unmanned Aircraft Operators

Rick Shaw attended an intensive symposium workshop on drone flight safety at the Unmanned Safety Institute in Orlando, Florida in June 2015.  Read his reflections on the importance of drone safety training.  The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute sponsored his tuition for the specialized training that earned him UAS Safety Certification and UAS Instructor Certification for small unmanned aircraft from the Unmanned Safety Institute, which is affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Field Reporting Course Syllabus

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.

Field Reporting Flight School 101


Welcome to Drones in Journalism

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.

A picture of a drone

A close up of a drone prototype. Photo by Jaime Cooke


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.