Station GM, RMIT tech services manager, network engineer join DroneJournalism.org

I'm pleased to announce the roster at DroneJournalism.org continues to grow. We now have 31 members in 6 countries. The latest additions include a broadcast engineer, a station general manager, and a technical services manager for an Australian university who has 20 years experience in the news industry.

Below are the details of these individuals. The journalists and developers section will be updated to include their information.

  • 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.

Membership remains open for those with an interest in integrating unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones or UAVs, to enhance journalism and news reporting. An online application can be found in the membership section.

There's no membership fee at this time, and membership includes a subscription to the DroneJournalism.org monthly email newsletter. May's newsletter should be sent out in several days.
Posted on May 10, 2013 .