DJI Recognizes Missouri Drone Journalism Program

 

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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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Proposed legislation aims to outlaw drones in Missouri

Drones are proving to be a polarizing topic with their growth in the public eye.

The rise of these flying, video-capturing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAV’s) has excited some with the promise of overhead landscape views never before possible.

The domestic use of such vehicles has also been met with criticism and claims of privacy invasion, prompting several states to propose legislation to halt their use.

Missouri has joined the list, as State Rep. Casey Guernsey introduced and defended his proposed Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act at a House Agri-Business Committee hearing on Feb. 5.

The bill, which has yet to gain another hearing date, “prohibits the use of a drone or other unmanned aircraft to gather evidence or other information with specified exceptions.”

 

Click play for State Rep. Casey Guernsey’s introduction and explanation of his proposed bill (3:03)

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Click play for full questioning by the House Agri-Business Committee and supporting testimony from Steve Carroll of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (16:08)

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