Drone Week: Examples of Drone Journalism

Drone Week continues here at Journovation. Remember, this Wednesday (Jan. 23) is the first of our Digital Edge Journalism Series. Starting at noon, Dan Pacheco will be talking about and demonstrating some of the ways drones can be used in journalism. We’ll also be flying our own drone and giving details about our Win a Drone of Your Own contest. (Don’t forget to sign up here. There’s food, too!).

One of the parts of our contest is coming up with a potential news story in which drones can be used. To get you thinking about stories you may want to pitch to us (or do in your own career), here are some examples of how drones are being used in the journalism world.

We start, as always, with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab. They used drones to cover the devastating droughts that hit the midwest in 2012. Professor Matt Waite has been at the forefront of the use and research of drones in journalism.



60 Minutes also used a drone to get some otherwise hard-to-get footage of the half-sunken Coasta Concordia, a passenger ship that ran aground in Tuscany.








In addition, the Occupy Wall Street Movement also used a drone – the same Parrot ARDrone that we’re using and giving away – to get a live feed of the 2011 protests.


Professor Pacheco in the Press

Corazón del Barrio captures the importance of community engagement


  • Newhouse professor Daniel Pacheco and students from his virtual reality class visited La Casita Sept. 8 to film and photograph a group of dancers, led by Luz Encarnación. After a few hours, the students had taped enough footage to create a 3D virtual reality video...

CNN: Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash


  • Dan Pacheco, professor of practice and chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, has experienced the issue firsthand. As an online producer for the Post's website in the late 1990s and later for America Online, some of the work he helped build has disappeared...

How Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is bringing augmented reality to your job


  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

Students, Faculty to Create Content for HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset


  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic


  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...



  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco