Drones are coming to ONA!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Budi Nusyirwan 
By Katy Mersmann

Did you see CNN's experiment with drone video of Selma earlier this month? Have you heard about Mizzou's own use of drones to report for KBIA? Perhaps more importantly, have you heard about the Federal Aviation Administration's grounding of Mizzou's program?

So...what gives here? Why can CNN fly a drone and we can't?

Mizzou's program was shut down in 2013 and then reconfigured. This year, CNN got special permission to experiment with drone journalism in the United States. Currently, almost all commercial use of drones is banned in America. However, in February the FAA proposed new legislation that would allow some new groups, including TV producers, to begin using drones with special certification.

Bill Allen teaches Mizzou's drone journalism class and is coming to ONA Mizzou to explain just how current proposed legislation could impact you as a journalist. In addition, he's going to demonstrate a drone flight and talk a bit about the potential for drones in reporting. We'd love to have you join us this Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm in RJI 100A if you'd like to learn more!

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