Environmental reporter, geoinformatics professional, department chair, and television news reporter join DroneJournalism.org roster


I'm pleased to announce four new members to DroneJournalism.org:

  • 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.

Above image is from Dr. Kattenborn's aerial imagery and geoinformatics company, Suedwest-geoCopter.

Posted on June 10, 2013 .