I'm pleased to announce new members here on DroneJournalism.org, including a CNBC tech writer, several professional photographers, a Poynter Fellow, and the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College:
- Following his Islamic studies at Mahad Al-Torath Al-Islami in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nangyally Nang began his career in journalism working with the Afghan Literary Society. He first came into contact with PACT Radio in 2008, initially working as a Reporter. He has since gone on to work as Trainer, Coordinator and Surveyor for PACT and is presently the Station Director for The Saba Story Radio. Nangyally also has interests in the educational field, having previously worked as an English teacher in Jalalabad. He is also the head of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department, at the Islamic Vocational Academy.
- Cadie Thompson is a technology writer for CNBC.com. Before she began covering tech, she wrote about all things Wall Street and has also covered consumer news. Her favorite things to write about are new technologies that will reshape companies and entire industries.
- Lars Michael is a long time photographer & videographer. Mainly working freelance out of Copenghagen, Denmark. For the past several years, Michael has been developing UAVs to enhance his work.
- Ren LaForme is an Interactive Learning Fellow at the Poynter Institute. He has worked as a graduate assistant and editor-in-chief at The Crow's Nest student newspaper at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he received his master's degree in journalism and media studies. He was also chief content editor at Adviatech. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Generation Magazine and senior managing editor of the Spectrum while earning his undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo. In his free time, Ren pursues a variety of journalism-related topics. He has built an online magazine for young men and founded a podcast network. He is currently learning to build data-collecting devices with Arduino microcontrollers.
- Gerald Baron is a consultant and writer on crisis and emergency communication for Agincourt Strategies. He blogs for Emergency Management and at crisisblogger, and wrote books and papers on this topic. Baron’s interest in drone journalism stems from a knowledge that because communicators today assume the role of broadcaster, they need to be aware of all methods and techniques used by journalists.
- Bruce Bishop is the photo department manager at the 20,000+ circulation Chronicle Telegram daily in Elyria, Ohio. He operates a DJI Firewheel equipped with a GoPro 3, which produced the paper’s first aerial photograph. Bishop has 25 years’ experience as a photographer, and seeks to keep his skills sharp as journalism evolves.
- The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College is an interdisciplinary research and art collective. The Center sponsors drone-related classes, organizes a regular speaker series, and runs a website featuring original content at dronecenter.bard.edu.