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Drone Journalism Workshop Drones are becoming an essential tool in journalism. Learn how to get started and certified using drones for broadcast.

In-Person Course

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Learn to Use Drones for Broadcast Media

Drones have proven themselves to be a valuable tool for journalists, providing a inexpensive and effective way to gather high quality news imagery. This Workshop will teach you how to safely and effectively maneuver your aircraft to gather news data.

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Three Day Workshop Schedule

Day 1
Introduction to Drones

  • Lesson 1: Intro to Drone Journalism
  • Lesson 2: Airspace & Regulation Review
  • Lesson 3: Drone Components & Functions
  • Lesson 4: Getting Launched
  • Flight Session 1

    Introduction to Flying
  • Lesson 5: Performing a Site Evaluation
  • Lesson 6: Go-No Go Decision Making
  • Lesson 7: Preflight Procedures & Checklists
  • Flight Session 2

    Checklists / Basic Airwork

Day 2
Advanced Flight Capabilities

  • Lesson 8: Advanced Settings
  • Lesson 9: Managing Drone Emergencies
  • Flight Session 3

    Advanced Settings / Emergency Procedures
  • Lesson 10: Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Flight Session 4

    Intelligent Flight Modes

Day 3
Drones and Aerial Media

  • Lesson 11: Standard Aerial Shots
  • Lesson 12: Live Streaming
  • Flight Session 5

    Aerial Video Flight Profiles
  • Lesson 13: Crew Coordination
  • Lesson 14: Coordination with Other Entities
  • Lesson 15: Risk Mitigation
  • Lesson 16: Media Scenario Discussion

Drone Journalism Workshop
Course Curriculum

  • Lesson 1
    Intro to Drone Journalism

    • Overview of Drones in Media
    • Primary Drone Types
    • Phantom/Inspire/Mavic Specs
  • Lesson 2
    Airspace & Regulation Review

    • Controlled Airspace Review
    • Airspace Authorizations
    • Using AirMap
    • Understanding the 400' Rule
    • Waiver Requests
    • Complying with Local Laws
  • Lesson 3
    Drone Components & Functions

    • Power System
    • Propulsion & Maneuvering System
    • Command & Control System
    • Positioning & Navigation System
    • Imaging Payloads
  • Lesson 4
    Getting Launched

    • System Setup
    • Getting to Know Your Flight Display
    • Verifying System Settings & Status
    • Performing a Compass Calibration
    • Startup & Takeoff
    • In-Flight Stick Commands
    • Landing & Shutdown
    • Flight Logging
  • Lesson 5
    Performing a Site Evaluation

    • Location Access
    • Airspace
    • Hazards to Flight
    • Nearby Airports or Heliports
    • Private vs. Public Property
    • People & Crowds in the Area
    • Takeoff & Landing Points
    • Flight Routing
    • Required Authorizations/Waivers
    • State/Local Regulations
  • Lesson 6
    Go-No Go Decision Making

    • rPIC Role
    • Risk Management
    • Weather Considerations
    • Flight over People
    • Dealing with External Pressures
    • Recognizing Hazardous Attitudes
  • Lesson 7
    Aircraft Preflight Procedures & Checklists

    • rPIC Responsibilities
    • Utilizing Aviation Checklists
    • Performing Preflight Checklists
    • Performing Flight Execution Checklists
  • Lesson 8
    Advanced Settings

    • Multiple Flight Modes
    • Maximum Flight Altitude
    • Camera Settings
    • Control Response & Gimble Settings
  • Lesson 9
    Managing Drone Emergencies

    • Return to Home Settings
    • Battery Management
    • Loss of Control Link
    • Fly Away
    • Disorientation
    • Low Battery
  • Lesson 10
    Intelligent Flight Modes

    • Accessing Intelligent Modes
    • Course Lock
    • Home Lock
    • Point of Interest
    • Waypoints
    • Active Track
    • Tap Fly
    • Draw
    • Tripod
    • Terrain Follow
    • Exiting Intelligent Modes
  • Lesson 11
    Standard Aerial Shots

    • Pans
    • Descending Approaches
    • Rising Retreats
    • Camera Maneuvering Best Practices
  • Lesson 12
    Live Streaming

    • HDMI Out
    • Lightbridge 2
    • Audio Constraints
  • Lesson 13
    Crew Coordination

    • Determining Appropriate Crew Composition
    • Camera Operator Responsibilities
    • Visual Observer Responsibilities
    • Visual Observer Placement
    • Communication Methods
    • Crew Briefing
  • Lesson 14
    On Scene Coordination with Other Entities

    • Manned and Unmanned Aircraft
    • Law Enforcement
    • Air Traffic Control
  • Lesson 15
    Risk Mitigation

    • Aircraft Positioning in Public Areas
    • Identifying and Addressing Privacy Concerns
    • Safety in Time Sensitive Situations
    • Using the Quick Response Checklist

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Our Drone Journalism Workshop Flight Instructors

Our instructors bring real industry experience to teach you about getting launched in drone journalism.

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Kevin Coughlin

Kevin is both a private pilot and Pulitzer Prize sharing photojournalist with more than 25 years of experience working with newspapers in the New York City area, including The New York Times, New York Post, and New York Daily News. Kevin has logged over 725 manned flight hours executing aerial photography and is mission rated in Airborne Photography with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

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Jerry White

Jerry has been in and around broadcast news and video production for over 20 years. Spending several years working as a news photographer, producer and reporter for different stations in Austin, TX before starting his own successful video production company. His clients now included fortune 500 companies, networks and even film companies.  Jerry was an airline pilot and also holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, and when not producing videos, he still flies regularly in corporate aviation. Three years ago, he realized the great potential and advantages that sUAS can bring to videos he produces, and he has been flying them ever sense.  Jerry loves bridging both “worlds” together, and has a passion for teaching and helping new remote pilot aviators understand this great new horizon in aviation.
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Craig Trammel

Craig is an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rated aviator, retired 30-year Air Force officer and flyer, and a CFI / CFII. He has been in and around military, commercial and corporate aviation for over 3 decades. Craig graduated from the University of Iowa with a journalism degree, and worked in the broadcast news-gathering business for two TV stations for several years before committing fully to aviation.

Drone Journalism Workshop FAQs

I am new to drones. Is this the right course for me?

The Drone Journalism Workshop is designed as a course to get journalists started with drones. You do not need to already know how to fly a drone or already have taken your Part 107 exam. This course has pulled the most relevant information for journalists from our Phantom and Inspire Flight Training course and our Part 107 Test Prep course while also covering aerial media flights from a broadcasting perspective on the last day.

How much flight time is in the class?

This Workshop features 6 flight sessions scattered throughout the three days. We will rotate indoor to outdoor.

Do I need to bring a drone to the class?

Our instructor will provide a drone for you to fly in the class.

How many students are in the class?

The Drone Journalism course may have 6 – 30 people in the course. For every 8 students, we will add an additional instructor to ensure ample flight time.

Will the Workshop be hosted in more cities in the future?

The Workshop dates currently on our website are likely the only dates for 2017. We will announce a 2018 Workshop schedule as we get closer to those dates. All of our Workshops are also available to be taught as a private group training for an enterprise or government entity. Contact our sales team to learn more.

Can my company host this workshop as a private group training?

Yes! DARTdrones specializes in training events held at an organization. Contact our sales team to get your department trained.

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