Win a Drone of Your Own!

Unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with cameras aren’t just for the military anymore. Thanks to new laws, they’re coming to newsrooms, TV and film studios — and even your own back yard. But just because a new technology can be used for something doesn’t mean that it necessarily should.

Help us chart a path for the responsible use of drones in news coverage and “civic media” that educates and informs, while also adhering to the FAA’s hobbyist guidelines for unmanned aircraft. Enter your ideas into this contest, and you may be the lucky winner of a drone of your very own!

There are two categories. One, best for Newhouse students, is to propose a news story that uses drone footage while adhering to the FAA’s hobbyist guidelines. The other, best for students who have some programming skills, is to use the A.R. Parrot 2.0 drone’s Software Development Kit (SDK) to create an iPhone or iPad app that enhances the drone’s newsgathering or documentary film operations.

Ready to enter? Fill out the form below.The deadline is midnight on February 23.

Only Syracuse University students may apply, but if you’re not an SU student we encourage you to partner with one. Good luck!

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