The Drone Journalism School
Drones can give your audience a unique understanding of the scale and scope of a story. Join Poynter and our partners at one of these intensive hands-on workshops designed to prepare you and your newsroom for telling unique stories with unmanned aerial systems.
In three days, we will show you all you need to know about the basic skills and prepare you to study for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 drone pilot’s certificate. You’ll also learn about the innovative ways stories can be told (including virtual reality storytelling) as well as explore the ethical issues surrounding drones, including privacy issues.
DJI, a market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems, will supply a fleet of drones for participants to use during the workshop. These include the popular Phantom drones and the new Mavic Pro.
In addition to these workshops, we will be offering online programs later this year. If you would like to receive email updates, simply fill out our online form.
What Will You Learn?
- Background of unmanned aerial systems
- Part 107 of the Drone Pilot’s Certificate
- Airspace restrictions for drone pilots
- Operating limitations
- Weather conditions
- Drone performance
- Crew management
- Airports and airport operations
- Aeronautical decision-making
- Emergency procedures
- Federal and state regulations
- Pre-ﬂight, ﬂight and post-ﬂight checklists
- Flight and battery logging
- Legal and privacy concerns
- The ethics of a ﬂying camera
- Useful tools (Google MyMaps, Earth Pro)
- Hands-on flying of a DJI drone
Who Will Benefit:
Journalists working in any media, journalism students and journalism educators. We especially welcome newsroom managers who will make decisions about drone deployment and need to understand the legal implications of drone photography.
Dates and Locations:
Registration has closed for our first two cities:
March 17-19, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
April 21-23, Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
Choose the program that works best for your schedule. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Registration is first-come, first-served and is limited to 60 people at each location. Newsrooms are welcome to send teams.
Can’t attend a hands-on workshop? We will be offering an online program later this year.
Cost and Deadlines
Tuition for each three-day workshop is $295. Once accepted, you’ll be sent a welcome letter with a link to pay online via credit card.
A limited number of travel stipends are available to members of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA. Please indicate in your application which organization you are a member of and your need for a stipend.
Successful seminar applicants will receive an email with information on the conference hotel, where you’ll make your own reservation from our block of rooms. We expect room fees for the hotel, to be $225-$239/night if booked by the deadline provided.
Apply Now! Choose the Workshop That Works Best For You:
June 16-18, 2017
Apply here by May 29
August 18-20, 2017
Apply here by August 1
This innovative program is offered in partnership with Google News Lab, with drones provided by DJI. Our teaching partners are the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, the National Press Photographers Association and our four host universities.