How can drones be used to generate data for in-depth journalism?

drone landscape

The use of drones by individuals and even some media companies is limited by a number of factors: the eagerness to embrace new technology, potential lack of financial resources, heavy legal implications and concerns around privacy, to name just a few.

In this podcast we speak to John Mills, lecturer and researcher at UCLan's Media Innovation Studio and its Civic Drone Centre, about the potential for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in journalism, looking at how news outlets have used this technology and what else they could be doing.

Pencil sharpenings

Safe House: The making of a graphic novel about Tanzania’s child brides

What's the process of creating a graphic novel, and what advantages does the format bring to reporting?


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Simon Shuster, reporter for New York based magazine Time, explains the importance of balancing reporting duties with moral decisions when covering the crisis

'Two sides of the same coin': Getting more women in the news and behind the news

Challenges for female journalists are not present just at senior level, but also when they decide to enter the profession or apply for a certain job

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 04/04/16

Virtual reality as an empathy machine: Immersive non-fiction storytelling

What challenges and responsibilities do content creators have when producing VR documentaries designed around the concept of presence?

Posted by Caroline Scott on 07/03/16

Metrics beyond real-time data: Mapping audience interests and predicting shares

How can newsrooms make the most of audience data?

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 02/03/16

What journalists can do to reduce stress in the newsroom

This week's episode offers advice for journalists to fight the anxiety and pressure that is often experienced on the job

Posted by Caroline Scott on 22/02/16

Project management in the newsroom – what are the benefits?

This week's episode looks at the overlap between project and product management and why previous experience is an advantage for a person taking on this role in the newsroom

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 15/02/16

How solutions journalism can help news outlets deliver better stories

People are asking more from the news they consume – is constructive journalism the answer?

Posted by Caroline Scott on 08/02/16

Leave a message after the tone: CNN and Washington Post are using voicemail to connect with their audiences

Would you share your story through voicemail, anonymous or otherwise?

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 02/02/16

Game changer? Android phones now have more mobile journalism apps

With many previously iOS-only mojo staples now on Android, what are the opportunities for mobile reporters on the platform?

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 26/01/16

Why journalists should be involved in online communities

What are the benefits of networking online with other professionals in the industry, and how can we ensure we reap them?

Posted by Caroline Scott on 18/01/16

Embracing change: What digital skills should journalists learn in 2016?

This week's podcast looks at the skills journalists should develop over the next twelve months, and why having a mindset for experimentation is important

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 11/01/16

Our top 10 podcasts in 2015

The year in review: Check out the most popular podcasts has produced in the past twelve months

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 21/12/15

The trends that shaped digital media in 2015 and what they could mean for news outlets in the next year

This podcast takes a look back at 2015 to identify the technology and movements that have made an impact on news outlets this year, and explore where they could lead to in the next twelve months

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 14/12/15

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