Matthew Schroyer is a drone and data journalist based in Urbana, Illinois. He is developing drone technology and small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) for use in journalistic enterprises. To this end, he has founded the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ), located at DroneJournalism.org.

He's written for newspapers, alternative newsweeklies and news websites about presidential campaigns, energy, pollution, local politics, public housing, poverty, musicians, school board meetings and assorted slices of life.

He holds a master's in journalism University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a contributor to CU-CitizenAccess.org, a community news website funded by the Knight Foundation. While a graduate student, he taught journalism and helped produce CampusCrime.net, an interactive web site using data journalism practices to report on crime at UIUC, which won an Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Full-time, he now works on a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois called EnLiST, which offers leadership training and professional development for K-12 science teachers. There, he performs a variety of duties as a communications specialist and social network analyst. He also heads “Drones for Schools” program, a project-based learning initiative where high school students learn STEM concepts and practice engineering design as they build and operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles for photomapping missions.

He is available as a consultant to teach news organizations how to adopt data journalism strategies and utilize drones for low-cost, high-impact investigative reporting. He blogs at MentalMuniton.com, and he can be reached at mschroyer@gmail.com


Acton H. Gorton is a digital journalist focusing on interactive content creation and web development for community centric journalism. A graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gorton's education and experience deals with the emerging trends in the curation of digital data as well as designing online applications with a user centric approach. His interests include pioneering news gathering methods and the subsequent dissemination to the public. Prior to studying in college and later graduate school, Gorton spent three years in the 82d Airborne Division as an infantry soldier training to jump from airplanes. His website is ActonGorton.com


Rebecca Noah Poynter is a communications professional and writer with broad experience in public integration of emerging technologies and the author of the OnPoynt blog on public Small Unmanned Aerial Systems use. She is published in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and The Military Times. She works at disaster locations for FEMA as a writer and community outreach specialist, most recently in response to  flooding in Vermont after Hurricane Irene. She is a member of the National Press Club. Her work can be viewed at www.rebeccanoahpoynter.com


Ian Hannah was educated and trained in the UK graduating from University of Dundee in post graduate studies in electronic imaging. On moving to Canada he was employed by Wescam a gyro stabilized camera platform attached to full sized helicopters, he covered many of the large sporting events as Wescam operator as well as Tv and feature films.

His varied career continued at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation  where he worked for the national news service, in the nineties he embraced the new emerging digital video technology creating the first television program acquired on this format, he also encourage cross skilling in a traditionally set market, becoming the first VJ at the CBC.

This lead to a successful career reporting and filming around the world, including War Zones and extreme  conditions, he was nominated for a Gemini for his work in Afghanistan and won the following year for a documentary set in India. He produced series for the Alliance Atlantis networks under his own company, as well as Directing and shooting documentaries for the discovery channel. During which time he learned to fly fixed wing aircraft, gaining a multi IFR rating.Always on the lookout for new technological answers for filming Ian became interested in the role of UAV’s after seeing them deployed in Afghanistan, closely following development, he became part of the DIY drones community and now flies his own hexcopter and gyro gimbal, he has worked with media outlets in Canada to show how drones can be used for newsgathering. He plans to continue in this area and has set up a company to help companies get the best from this emerging technology. His company website is located at avrobotics.ca.


Ted Pretty is the morning meteorologist on FOX5’s highly rated morning show in Las Vegas.  Out of high school  Ted entered the Air National Guard and used to build bombs and handle ammunition for the F-16.  After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Ted worked in television in Nebraska, Idaho and Illinois before arriving as a reporter for Las Vegas’ FOX affiliate in 1999.

Through Mississippi State University, Ted earned Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology and has been the on-air morning meteorologist at KVVU since 2003. Ted is also the consulting meteorologist for Station Casinos throughout their outdoor concert season throughout the Las Vegas Valley. He has received awards for reporting, photography and holds the National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval, and also lends his time to many Southern Nevada charities.

Most recently, Ted has been taking classes through Unmanned Vehicle University that have to deal with small UAV’s or non-military drones and their multiple applications.  He has just completed assembly of his first UAS and plans on adding video applications in the near future. Ted has been named the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best Weathercaster in Las Vegas” for multiple years as the staff pick and reader’s pick for the past three consecutive years.  Ted lives in Henderson with wife and co-anchor on the morning show at FOX5, Heidi Hayes.  Heidi and Ted have two children, Jack, 7, and Kinsey, 4.


Alexandra Gibb is a Masters of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia specializing in national defence and security reporting. In addition to her research on the military and law enforcement applications of drone technology, Alexandra is exploring drone journalism: the technology available, its practicality for both domestic and international reporting, and its potential ethical, legal and social implications for journalists, audiences and society. Having recently acquired a drone of her own, Alexandra is also experimenting with drones for newsgathering in her native Vancouver, B.C. Her website is alexandragibb.com.


Jeff Salmon is the editor of Pangaea, a twice-monthly newsletter published by Professional Surveyor Magazine. Pangaea covers emerging geospatial technology including the ongoing development of UAS for aerial mapping and remote sensing. He is member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. He lives in eastern Colorado where he is a freelance writer and consultant helping his clients with land-use and marketing projects when he is not crashing his quadcopter.


Gary Mortimer is the editor and publisher of osUASNews.com, a news website specializing in developments in unmanned aircraft. He has been a commercial balloon pilot for 23 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force. He also builds and flies unmanned aerial systems.


Phil Gordon has worked in Indochina, mainly Cambodia, on conservation and forced evictions issues. Currently he is home in Australia now developing/building a multirotor to use for work in photojournalism and with NGO`s back in Cambodia.


From Afghanistan to Antarctica and more than 50 countries in between, Mark Corcoran has spent 15 years traveling to every continent on the globe for ABC-TV Australia's flagship international affairs program Foreign Correspondent.

One of the ABC's most experienced journalists, Corcoran has a special interest in South Asia, terrorism and security related issues. From 2001-2011 he reported extensively on the impact of Washington’s declared “War on Terror” from locations as diverse as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, France, Norway, the U.S. and Greece. He has profiled leaders such as Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai, and Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf.

Corcoran covered the Democrat and Republican Conventions in the lead up to the historic 2008 US Election. In 2011 he spent two weeks with protesters on Cairo's Tahrir Square reporting on the  "Arab Spring' revolution that led to Hosni Mubarak's downfall. His reports are frequently re-broadcast internationally on many networks including CNN International, BBC World, Al Jazeera’s English and Arabic channels, and CBC Canada. Since joining the program, he has at various times been a reporter, producer, Executive Producer and from 2008-2011 took on the additional role of Foreign Correspondent presenter.

Mark Corcoran started his journalism career with Channel 7 TV in Canberra in 1985 and worked at the Seven Network and SBS-TV before joining the ABC’s investigative current affairs program Four Corners as a producer in 1992. After a stint as a reporter/producer on Lateline, he was briefly appointed ABC-TV's Washington correspondent before joining Foreign Correspondent.

His numerous Australian journalism prizes include the Walkley Award for International Reporting for his coverage of mercenary activities in the Sierra Leone war, a Walkley High Commendation for his reporting on Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the University of Technology-Sydney Award for Independent Reporting and the United Nations Association Environmental Prize for his reporting on climate change and water shortages in the Bolivian Andes.

In 2008 Corcoran received the television industry Logie Award as the producer of the Most Outstanding Public Affairs report for the story “Afghanistan: A Survivor’s Tale”.

International prizes include the 2002 Reuters/Mohamed Amin Award for an Outstanding Contribution to International News-gathering, for his investigation of the opium industry in Afghanistan and five Gold, Silver and Bronze World medals from the New York TV Festivals for assignments in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and West Africa.

Corcoran lives in Sydney – where he enjoys sleeping on the beach. He is currently a Visiting Fellow and research student at the University of Technology, Sydney, examining potential news-gathering applications of drone technology. Image and a link to various online pieces I've written in the last couple of years at:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/mark-corcoran/568708

The Foreign Correspondent archival page for our 2012 report "USA: Rise of the Machines" is at: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2012/s3582815.htm


Senthil Kumar has been designing and developing of unmanned aircraft systems for the past 10 years.


Tim Underhill is a Telecommunications instructor at Ball State University. He resides in Muncie, Indiana, home to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. That has sparked his interest in unmanned aircraft for photography purposes.

Tim has worked for network television affiliates in Rockford, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana. He continues to keep up to date by freelancing for various networks. Tim’s work has appeared several national and regional networks including, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, The Big Ten Network and FOX. He has covered the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, NBA playoffs, Pan Am Games, NCAA championships, the World Basketball Championships, NFL Monday Night Football plus other college and professional sporting events.

In 1997 Tim was named to the faculty of News Video Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association. He works as a room captain for the critique sessions and is in charge of the lighting and sound for the annual event in Norman, Oklahoma. Tim has served as a judge for several video by contests including the Emmy Awards, NPPA, SPJ and other competitions. His work has earned awards from many of those same organizations including NPPA, AP, and the Emmy Awards.

Tim splits his time between news and production faculty assignments emphasizing visual storytelling. Tim serves as instructor teaching courses in visual storytelling, video production, copywriting and news writing.  He holds two degrees from Ball State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and a Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling.


Ryan Sparrow teaches journalism graphics and photography at Ball State University. His class recently began looking into how journalists might use drones in their storytelling.


Drew Koch is an undergraduate at the University of Missouri Journalism School.


Mike Trautman is a member of CCSAR, the Champaign County Search and Rescue. He's also active in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services), using the call sign "K9MLT." Trautman owns several unmanned aircraft, including a "Bixler II" equipped with FPV (first-person video). He is an experienced RC aircraft hobbyist and member of the Champaign County RC Club.


Vidisha Priyanka is an Interactive Learning Producer at the Poynter Institute. She has worked as Planning Editor for digital video at TBO.com, media partner of The Tampa Tribune and WFLA-TV, News Channel 8. She also worked as an Audience Editor and News and Special Projects producer for almost 10 years and helped focus resources on serving news audience. Vidisha has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She is a native of India and used to work as a content writer for the web edition of India Today, the largest selling political magazine in India and as a reporter and content producer for The Times of India, New Delhi.


John Badcock is a cinematographer at CBC/Radio-Canada who is starting to venture into this field of UAV use for journalism and film making in general. He first used a UAV on a documentary project for CBC television in 2011, and is working to implement a similar system at CBC in the coming months.


Madhav Naidu is studying for a masters in mass communication and journalism at Osmania University in Hyderabad, and works as a business sub-editor for a daily newspaper.


Stephen Hudnell is an EMMY Award-winning television and documentary producer based in Columbia, Mo. Stephen is a director, photographer and editor. He received his Bachelor of Journalism Degrees ( photojournalism) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He works with a variety of news, entertainment, commercial, education, and government clients, including Fox Network’s America’s Most Wanted, Paramount Pictures Entertainment Tonight, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, PBS National, ABC News, CNN, CBS The Early Show, Discovery Channel, NASCAR Images, Bloomberg Television, Food Network, The History Channel, Missouri Press Association, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and University of Missouri, among others.

For the past 25-plus years, Stephen’s experience covers all facets of the video and film production business, with projects ranging from commercials, corporate training and public relations, to documentaries, news, and live satellite teleconferences.

Stephen is a founding board members of Columbia Access Television, a local public access channel, which is training community residents in television production and media literacy.


Alan Jump is a member of Monterey County ARES (Ameteur Radio Emergency Services) in California. He is a hobbyist, tinkerer, and emergency communicator. Jump is interested in UAV use for disaster management including search and rescue, photogrammetry, mapping, and remote damage assessment.


Colin Loring retired from the US Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2010. He used aerial photography and GIS extensively for resource conservation planning and inventory work. In 1992 he organized a flew a low altitude color infra-red storm event survey while in graduate school studying environmental health, water resources.

Since 2004 he has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol in emergency services, disaster relief and air search and rescue and aerospace education. He is also a pilot and HAM radio operator. Colin received his BA in Geology from the University of Tennessee in 1982 and was U.S. Navy Photographer from 1972-76.


Kevin Corns is a faculty associate at Arizona State University specializing in unmanned aircraft systems.


Fancisco Pousa Neto has 20 years of experience building flying and radio controlled aircraft. He is based in Brazil, where he works on advertising design and runs the website Videovant.com, which offers unmanned aircraft services for a variety of humanitarian applications.


Mike Levin has 30 years of photography and video experience, including 15 years of experience as a staff digital imaging specialist, photographer and more recently, videographer with the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also was an equipment manager and systems editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer’s photo dept.

Levin’s first assignment in 1993 was to spearhead the Philadelphia Inquirer’s migration from film to digital technology, and provided training for reporters to shoot and edit video. He was instrumental in establishing video encoding standards for the Inquirer and Philly.com websites as they moved to a new video delivery platform.

Five years ago, Levin first became intreagued with the concept of providing a “Google Maps” view of events happening around the corner, but was discouraged by the cost of aircraft systems of the day. He now flies a mid-range multirotor system, which provides a perspective that previously could only be obtained with very expensive gear.


Charles Masayanyika is a Tanzanian digital freelance journalist working with IPP-Media, with more than 13 years of television and radio experience.

His work includes covering the Tanzania presidential campaigns of 2000, 2005 and 2010, and reporting on mining, rural developments, poverty, environment, health issues, famine, and sports events such as the Tanzania Super League and the SADC Castle Cup for soccer in 2000 and 2001.


David Beesly is the Technical Services Manager with the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The School encompasses programs including journalism, advertising, film & TV production etc. In addition, David is an award winning documentary film maker, and has been working in the media industry for over 20 years. He owns a Parrot AR Drone 2.0, and led RMIT to adopt Parrot drones specifically for use by the School's Journalism department. Beesley is very keen for emerging journalism and media students to start exploring the myriad of possibilities that are being created by the introduction of these new and exciting technologies into the media arena.


Geoffrey Roth is the Executive Producer at KRIV, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Houston, TX. He is part of a working group exploring the use of drones and quadcopters in news gathering.


Robert Crawford is an engineer with the 24-hour cable news channel News14 in North Carolina. Crawford has years of experience as an RC hobbyist and is interested in using those skills for television news.


Ken Freedman is general manager of KWQC, the market-leading TV news station in western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. KWQC covers news in both urban and rural areas where drone journalism might compliment storytelling.


Sean O'Hara is a nascent sUAS operator with aim at cinematography applications who has realized the vast opportunities for 'footage gathering' while building a personal portfolio. He purchased an entry-level system in January 2013 and has been flying as often as the weather allows.


David Poulson is the associate director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University and the founder and editor of the nonprofit news service GreatLakesEcho.org. He has 22 years experience as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and another 10 years teaching environmental journalism to undergraduate and graduate students and to professional journalists. His interest in drone journalism is its application to environmental reporting.


Gilbert Kattenborn is a freelance geoinformaitcs provider based in Germany. He studied forestry sciences, econoics and geography, specializing in geomatics at the University of Friedburg. Kattenborn holds a doctorate, and spent years as a researcher and teacher at Universities and EU institutions. He began a geoinformatics startup, Suedwest-geoCopter in 2001 after "recognizing the enormous potential of UAS." Kattenborn has piloted an octocopter system for two years.


Tim Pollard has worked in the media industry for three decades, and received two EMMY® Awards during that time. Pollard worked nearly ten years managing field operations at CNN Atlanta in charge of field operations, followed by four years as operations manager for CNN Washington. Since 1998, Pollard has taught at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, as an Associate Professor. While here, I have been a member of teams that have created NewsLink Indiana; Ball State Sports Link; an annual high-definition movie experience for students; interactive media for TV and the Internet; created a collaborative project with the College of Architecture and Planning on creating 3D virtual sets; and, advised students on storytelling that has resulted in two student Academy Awards for Ball State University. Since 2011, Pollard has been the chair of the Department of Telecommunications. He supervises more than 30 faculty, staff, and graduate assistants and more than 1,200 majors and minors. In the fall of 2013, he will be part of a team teaching a class in Unmanned Aerial Systems ethics, responsibilities, and affects on society.


Ned Hibberd is an award-winning general assignment reporter for FOX 26 News at 9. Since starting at FOX 26 in 1988, Ned has interviewed presidents and paupers, mayors and millionaires, artists and arsonists. Hibbard has held numerous titles within the FOX 26 News department including production crewmember, assignments editor, associate producer, investigative reporter, fill-in anchor and general assignments reporter. He pilots an XProHeli XP2 with FPV (first person view) capabilities.