The first ever conference on drone journalism and education in Canada was organized by the School of Media at Seneca College on May 2.
Leaders in drone education and regulation from across the country and US gathered at this event – including journalism students and faculty from Seneca College, Centennial College, Conestoga College and College of the North Atlantic, the director of CNN’s Aerial Imagery & Reporting unit, drone operators from CBC News and Bell Media, and officials from Transport Canada, International Air Transport Association and DJI, a leading drone manufacturer.
Media organizations are increasingly deploying drones for newsgathering and as their popularity grows, so does the need for education and informed decision-making. But for many journalism schools, teaching students how to use drones and the rules around it is a real challenge.
What are the regulations? Industry standards and practices? How dto teach the ethical use of drones in storytelling? This symposium was designed to exchange information, inspire research, partnerships and collaborations and develop Canadian expertise through training opportunities.
This event was timely and relevant as new Transport Canada regulations come into effect on June 1.
Photo: Seneca journalism professor Bill Hutchison speaking on the importance of drone education at Newnham Campus.