Topics in Visual Journalism

Drone Journalism

Course Details

The advent of drone technology gives journalists and filmmakers a powerful new tool– a camera that flies! Aerial photography is a consideration in nearly every major production today, from breaking news to feature documentaries. Federal, state and local laws and regulations, however, drastically limit what is possible.

The course will prepare students to pass the FAA’s Part 107 commercial drone pilot exam at the end of the semester. Any journalist who wants to fly professionally, needs to be certified as a commercial remote pilot. 

In addition to test prep, we will have hands-on lessons flying various DJI drones in the field, at Calvert Vaux Park, near Coney Island, over one weekend towards the end of the semester. We will meet 7 times in the classroom, twice in the field and once to take the FAA exam for a total of 10 sessions.