Pilot, university lecturer, reporters, MSU environmental journalism students join

The Drone Girl is a website established by Sally French, a reporter for the Orange County Register one of the first alumna from Missouri's Drone Journalism program. On the website, she chronicles her experiences as a drone journalist and aerial photographer and provides information for people who may also be interested in using drones.

The Drone Girl is a website established by Sally French, a reporter for the Orange County Register one of the first alumna from Missouri's Drone Journalism program. On the website, she chronicles her experiences as a drone journalist and aerial photographer and provides information for people who may also be interested in using drones.

I'm very pleased to announce that a library website developer and pilot, a senior journalism lecturer from the United Kingdom, and reporters (in both print and data varieties) have joined the roster at the PSDJ at DroneJournalism.org:

  • Dale Dormody is the Founder of Piper Mountain Webs, a provider of website services to public libraries across the U.S.  Dormody earned a private pilot's license for single engine aircraft in 2005, and currently is developing an introductory training course for quadcopter and hexacopter flight and maintenance. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the opportunities available in the expanding field of unmanned aerial systems, and to provide a foundational understanding of entry-to-mid level UAV operations and safety. The first courses are scheduled for spring 2014.  He also provides assistance to a local newspaper with updates and information on FAA regulations.
  • Vian Bakir is a senior lecturer in journalism at Bangor University (Wales, UK), where he teaches about journalism and digital, global, risk-based issues and developments. Bakir is a researcher of sousveillance, and its wider agenda-building role, particularly in disrupting strategic political communication in the area of national security. He is the author Sousveillance, Media and Strategic Political Communication: Iraq, USA, UK and Tourture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror: Agenda-Building Struggles.  Bakir’s interest in drones comes from wanting to know more about how the Obama administration's once-secret drone strikes policy was outed to build wider agendas. He currently is looking for contributors for an upcoming Special Issue in the International Journal of Press/Politics, on the topic of News, Intelligence Agencies & Agenda-Building: Understanding Manipulation, Methodologies & Ethics (pdf).
  • Sally French is a reporter at the Orange County Register and an aspiring drone journalist. French was a member of the Missouri School of Journalism's drone program in its inaugural year. Upon graduating, she started her own website at www.thedronegirl.com, chronicling experiences learning about drones. She currently is interested in how newsrooms will use drones once the FAA comes to a conclusion on drone use for commercial purposes. She pilots a DJI Phantom.
  • Tom Johnson has been a researcher and teacher of Analytic Journalism (aka CAR, Data Journalism, etc.) since the late 1980s, with a special concentration on GIS and social network analysis.

Additionally, I'm very happy to mention new arrivals from the journalism school at Michigan State University. These students are engaged in an environmental journalism class taught by the associate director of Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, David Poulson, who also is editor of Great Lakes Echo.

A first of its kind, this environmental journalism class will focus on the application of drones to environmental reporting (within the boundaries that the FAA currently allows). Their reporting will be featured on Great Lakes Echo  and other websites.

These new members from MSU are: 

  • Nicholas Blaskowski is an environmental journalist and a researcher of new technologies in the journalism field. I am interested in a network as a tool to learn how unmanned systems can be used for reporting.

  • Erik Stiem is part of an environmental journalism class at MSU, who would love to learn from and be a part of this community focused on unmanned systems.

  • Tiara Marocco is a Michigan State University journalism student taking a class on Environmental Journalism, which will investigate how to use a drone to be able to get footage for our stories and clips.

  • Lindsay Dunbar is an MSU Journalism Student with Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. She is looking to gain insight and knowledge in the operation and techniques with drones and other resources for reporting hard to reach news.

  • Jessica Batanian is a graduate student at Michigan State University and is enrolled in a journalism course that is exploring environmental topics and the use of drones within those areas of interest.

  • Gregory Monahan is a graduate student at Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, who feels that drone journalism is a unique and marketable skill he  wants to learn more about. His undergraduate degree was in broadcasting, and he wants to become better educated about the repercussions of our impact on the environment.

  • Evan Kreager is a senior at Michigan State University, studying journalism with a concentration on environmental studies. Kreager grew up on Lake Michigan, and so is very interested in the specific environmental issues surrounding Michigan and the Great Lakes.

  • Marte Skaara is a Norwegian journalist student at MSU who is interested in the use of drones to make environmental stories.

  • Danielle Woodward is an MSU junior who is majoring in journalism and taking JRN 472, which involves drone journalism. Woodward is interested in learning more about drones, their uses, and how they can be incorporated into journalism stories of all kinds.

  • Heather Hartmann is a junior journalism major specializing in environmental studies at Michigan State University. This fall she is taking a course on environmental journalism and how the use of technology, such as drones, can be used to further this beat. Unmanned systems will allow journalists to get video of such things as wildfires, rainforests, land, etc., and Hartmann hopes to learn more and more of its various uses.

  • Qing Zhang is a graduate student of the MSU journalism school who is very interested in environmental journalism.
Posted on August 29, 2013 .