Drones for Reporting and Newsgathering: The Promise and the Peril

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October 02, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Drones for Reporting and Newsgathering: The Promise and the Peril
Originally Broadcast On:
October 02, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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The skies are opening to commercial uses of drones--including use by journalists for newsgathering.

This Webinar will explore different drones a journalist could use for data gathering and reporting process. We will also discuss the legal and ethical implications of using unmanned aerial vehicles as a newsgathering tool.

What Will I Learn:
  • The types of drones journalists can use
  • Details about how long they can fly and the kinds of cameras they can lift
  • The costs associated with using drones
  • The kind of stories could you report with a drone of your own
  • The aviation policies and the law
  • The ethical issues and what are current experiments are telling us about what will be issues
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors, investigative journalists, people interested in privacy issues and anyone who is interested in new technology and its use in daily life.

Course Instructor:

Matt Waite

Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, teaching reporting and digital product development. He is also a graduate of the college, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1997.

Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact. In 2007, he began working as a hybrid journalist/programmer, combining reporting experience and Web development to create new platforms for journalism.

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