Mission Possible: Drone Journalism Workshop

image of a flying drone with text advertising the March 29 drone journalism workshop in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication


By Christina Ligi, News and Media Studies major, Class of 2019

The Department of Journalism will host Journalism Innovation Day this Friday, March 29. As technology becomes a widespread new technique of modern journalism, the implementation of drones into the industry comes as no surprise. Supported by the Matthews Family Endowment for Journalism, this workshop will be led by The Washington Post reporter Jayne Oresntein. On behalf of The Washington Post’s program for covering universities, she and another fellow reporter visited TCU last fall.

Jayne Orenstein is an assignment editor for emerging video technologies at TheWashington Post. She oversees The Post’s drone program for the video department, which is used to further journalism with compelling aerial footage for documentary and investigative journalism. Jayne joined The Post as a video intern in the fall of 2010 and was hired after graduating from George Washington University in 2011 with a degree in Political Communications. She has covered breaking news, high school football, Olympic swimming, food, Capitol Hill, presidential debates and elections and everything in between.

Dr. Shugofa Dastgeer, assistant professor of journalism, awards drone journalism to be one of the latest revolutions in the world of news andjournalism.

“With this revolutionary technology and skill-set, journalists and news media do not need to wait or pay high prices for helicopters to help them capture aerial footage of natural disasters, places, and events.”

Dastgeer highlights journalism’s consistent ability to embrace innovation and technology, which leads to more enriched news coverage and storytelling.

“Drone journalism is a new phenomenon that we have started welcoming in our professional world.”

This exciting opportunity is open to all students, particularly to journalism students. They will receive hands-on experience with an industry professional on campus. Beginning at 10 a.m., Orenstein will present a brief lecture about the importance of drone journalism and the legal and ethical issues surrounding it. Following the lecture, Orenstein will give drone flying demonstration. Lunch will be provided in the newsroom in Moudy South 212. This workshop will conclude with students editing and publishing the demonstration footage in the newsroom.

View a full schedule for more details.

10 – 11 a.m.

Learn about the importance of drone journalism and the legal and ethical issues surrounding it (Moudy S 204)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

On campus flying drone demonstration

12 – 1 p.m.

Pizza in the newsroom (Moudy S 212)

1 – 3 p.m.

Editing and publishing demonstration footage (Moudy S 212)