PSDJ roster exceeds 120 members in 21 countries

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As 2013 came to a close, the Professional Society of Drone Journalists at DroneJournalism.org welcomed an even greater variety of specialists to the organization.

As of January 17, 2014, the official roster now stands at 123 persons, across 21 different countries. This latest crop of members includes foreign correspondents, international journalists, educators, engineers, unmanned system operators, and an attorney, just to name a few professions.

  • John Davidson of John Davidson, P.C., has deep experience in federal regulation and state tort law. His interest in UAS technology development lead him to start the first blog on civilian drone law: The Law of Drones, UAVs, UASs, and sUASs at http://missouridronelaw.blogspot.com/
     
  • David del Fresno is a Spanish professional with a strong background over a wide range of fields, including 3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping , rapid manufacturing, graphic industry, healthcare, security & safety, and military, among others. His passion for UAVs started in 2012, and since August of that year, he started to conduct a blog called UAV Actual (http://www.uavactual.blogspot.com), that up to now has counted 11.581 visits. He also is a member of AUVSI.
     
  • Larry Bonura is a non-fiction writer with an interest in the privacy issues involving unmanned systems.
     
  • Craig Newhouse is a landscape architect and operator of Hovercams LLC, which for the past two years has used using multi-rotor, battery-powered, radio-controlled aircraft to assist contractors, journalists, and others in acquiring aerial photographic views of sites.
     
  • David Fenton Extensive has international experience in technical communications and training, technology marketing, management of commercial high-tech and military aerospace projects and systems, in the public and private sectors. He has taught business and technical communications at the university level. Fenton is certified in broadcast production for television and web development and the former COO of a start-up UAV company, Supero LLC: http://www.superousa.com/
     
  • As a broadcast journalist for more than 35 years Steve Herman is a broadcast journalism veteran of 35 years who has been at the forefront of applying technology to enhance reporting. He was the Voice of America bureau chief and correspondent in Seoul, South Korea, and also South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi, India. His work has been published in numerous newspapers, Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal. Steve's Twitter (@W7VOA) coverage from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster sites was widely cited by numerous media outlets globally. Now researching the use of drones for video news imagery, Herman is based in Bangkok as the Southeast Asia bureau chief for the Voice of America. Additionally, he is the current President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club.
     
  • Fintan Dooley is a 68-year old botanist and attorney licensed to practice in Wisconsin and North Dakota. His faith, work in extractive industries, and travel enhanced his appreciation of the need to challenge land owners, industry and government to act as resource trustees.
     
  • Konstantin is a 30-year old Russian with two years of experience in flying multirotor drones. He is the proprietor of http://copter24.ru.
     
  • Bas van Peel is a Dutch entrepreneur developing drone solutions and services to support journalism, healthcare, logistics and crowd control.
     
  • Craig Anthony Thomas of Webcatz Studioz has told instructive and under-reported stories about the human condition for more than four decades. He worked as a staff writer/commentator for daily newspapers and taught high school and college journalism and educational technology for a research university. He tells stories using creative nonfiction, photography, Web design, and teaching/coaching.
     
  • Peter Ong is a newspaper consultant in Sydney, Australia, with clients in 15 countries. Some of them are among the world's largest newspapers. Additionally, he is a journalism educator with special interest in the use of technology in reporting. He’s worked with news organizations across the Asia-Pacific region. His blogs are at iampeterong.tumblr.com and peterong.com/blog
     
  • Shane Press is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Proactive Business Results, an online and offline business services, which is building an enterprise in remote sensing & UAS; combining the digital with the physical. He has an interest in developing drones for journalism with a definite focus on safety, transportation of the sUAS, stability, and more.
     
  • Jillian Eugenios is a freelance reporter, producer and a graduate student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She is interested in how unmanned aircraft can be used for a variety of reporting.
     
  • Alex Chitty is a freelancer with the Economist and IHS Jane's, and also a Producer for Vice News, an as-yet unlaunched news outlet from Vice. He is exploring our options with regard to drone journalism. His Twitter account is: www.twitter.com/alexchitty
     
  • Steven G. Traylor is a reporter for The Baltic Times, based in Riga. He is interested in using drones in the Baltic States, including Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
     
  • Samuel Winch is a photojournalism professor of 20 years, working at Penn State Harrisburg.
     
  • Craig Bussel has been involved with unmanned systems for over 20 years with a primary focus on unmanned underwater vehicle systems. Previously, he spent 8 years in the United States Army as a helicopter crew chief and mechanic. He operates CyVect Robotics LLC out of Springfield, OR, which develops and operates USVs, UAVs, UUV and UGVs. He is a sub-contractor for a major commercial diving firm in the San Francisco bay area as a contract ROV/UUV Pilot/Tech, an instructor/SME for Unmanned Vehicle University out of Phoenix, AZ and operates his own aerial photo and video company out of his home in Angels Camp, CA.
     
  • Simon    Gichohi is a freelance Journalist working in three East African Countries, namely Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. Previously worked with Nation media group among the founders of Nation Broacasting Television Kenya, as a Guest Writer/ Columnist in the Citizen newspaper Tanzania, and Managed the Target Digest online news portal. His areas of interest are wildlife & environment protection.
     
  • Robert Bradshaw is creating a business around the commercial use of drones in New Hampshire.
     
  • Andrew Couts is a features writer, news reporter, and columnist for Digital Trends, a mainstream consumer technology publication based in the U.S. Drones and UAS has become one of his primary interests and regular beats. He hopes to fairly and accurately educate Americans about drones/UAS, use UAS for reporting, and learn as much as possible along the way.
     
  • Alex Fitzpatrick is the TIME Homepage Editor, and a photographer and private pilot.
     
  • Serge Wich is co-founder of ConservationDrones (http://conservationdrones.org/), which seeks to share knowledge of building and using low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation-related applications with conservation workers and researchers worldwide, especially those in developing countries.
     
  • Faine Greenwood is a foreign correspondent, photographer, and all-purpose geek who's been working out of Cambodia and Southeast Asia for the past three years, with a particular focus on technology in developing countries. She recently moved back to the US to study journalism at Stanford University, and quickly fell in love with the idea of using drones to do my work overseas. She plans on focusing her final project in the journalism program on UAVs and their consumer/journalistic applications, and I intends to collect UAV footage in the Bay Area in 2014. She recently joined the Stanford UAV club, and is especially interested in adapting UAVs for usage in conflict zones and in remote areas, where she would like to spend my career.
     
  • Jimmy Underhill flies FPV (First Person View) aircraft for fun and has started to fly UAVs at interesting events and locations in an effort to make drones more accepted in society, while at the same time catching events or landmarks in a totally unique way.
     
  • Dale Bowers has been flying remotely controlled aircraft for 31 years, and in the last year has flown multi-copters for aerial photography. He is planning on attending Pellissippi State Community College for the purpose of getting a degree in Videography, and plans to incorporate this into my R.C. flying and become a drone journalist.
     
  • John Conrad is the Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently Professor of Physics at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. As part of the Furman Physics STEM Initiative, and as an extension of the special topics course on embedded systems that he has taught at Furman, Conrad has been promoting drone activities on campus by flying a DJI Phantom/Zenmuse H3 D2/Hero 3+ for the purpose of providing, teaching enrichment activities in lecture and laboratory courses, independent research opportunities for students in physics and other departments, as a recruiting tool for the physics department, and as a public relations tool for the university at large.  Conrad has appeared on the Furman TV network and on a Carolina Now TV program produced by WYCW, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
     
  • Parker Gyokeres is an active-duty USAF photojournalist currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. He has been involved with RC flight for around ten years, and recently started my own business, Propellerheads Aerial Photography, to provide quality, ethical and timely imagery for the realty, construction and media professions in the New Jersey, Philly and NYC area.  Gyokeres and his business partner are attempting to stay at the forefront of this new technology. Examples of his photography can be found at www.flickr.com/photonemotion.
     
  • Aaron B has background is in agriculture, and is interested in application of geophysical systems for agricultural purposes, and the potential for parallel applications in journalism.
     
  • Steven Adams is the Multimedia Editor at Trib Total Media, which is a family of newspapers in Western Pennsylvania. He was a photojournalist for many years before shifting into video and website content.  Adams currently flies a DJI Phantom with a GoPro Hero3 camera, which is used to make images for newspapers, website and apps.
     
  • Artin Archer has been a pilot for 16 years, and a drone enthusiast for six. He has 20 years of experience building remote control aircraft.
     
  • Gregory Cook is the chief photographer for a KickStand Up magazine in Chattanooga, Tennessee as well as a freelance photographer, with a longtime interest in radio control vehicles.
     
  • Daniele Pauletto is a teacher, psychologist, journalist, and CEO of Mt Net. He is a member of the Order of the Venetian Journalists in Italy.
     
  • William Ballard is a drone enthusiast researching commercial applications including drone journalism and photography, with the intent to begin a career in the field.
     
  • John Wiseman has worked in robotics and autonomous systems for 20 years.  He has particular interest in drone applications that empowers individuals.
     
  • David Vanderhoof is a historian with a degree in Military History and Diplomacy. He is a Co-host and Historian for http://www.airplanegeeks.com, which has a global reach of 7,000+ listeners. In 2013 he began a new podcast focusing strictly on UAV/UASs  called http://www.theUAVDigest.com  The program presents news stories and features guests.
     
  • Tim Yakaitis is a professional photographer with 20 years’ experience, and is the founder and owner of DroneOn, an aerial photography company specializing in real estate, resort, and commercial photography.
     
  • Jeff Ducharme    is a journalism instructor at College of the North Atlantic, the first school in Canada to teach drone journalism. As a veteran news photographer, the advancement of drone journalism really interests Ducharme, as it adds another visual element to a story that until drones, was simply too costly for smaller media outlets. He believe that journalism schools have, in the past, been too slow to adopt cutting-edge technology and have feared anything but traditional teachings.
     
  • Victoria Graham is a student enrolled in the Post-Diploma Journalism course offered at College of the North Atlantic, which has recently began teaching drone journalism.