DroneJournalism.org welcomes Philadelphia Inquirer veteran, Tanzanian freelancer

I'm pleased to announce the addition of two more experienced journalists to the DroneJournalism.org roster. Their communities are about 7,000 miles apart, but their experience and skill sets make them tremendously valuable to deploying unmanned aircraft systems in reporting.

Together, they represent 43 years of reporting experience:

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 department.

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.

We're now up to 27 members on DroneJournalism.org, and we continue to accept membership free of charge. For more information, visit our membership page.

Benefits include access to a network of other people spearheading work into "drone journalism," and a members-only newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest information about the field. Our first newsletter was sent out at the beginning of the month. More info on that will be published in this blog.


Posted on April 13, 2013 .