Stacey Woelfel, news director at the University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia and associate professor in the MU School of Journalism, has been named the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the MU School of Journalism. Woelfel will step down from his position at KOMU and begin working as director of the Murray Center on Sept. 1.
Two fledgling programs created to teach journalism students how to use drones in their reporting are applying for permits so they can resume operating unmanned aircraft outdoors, their directors said this week. Both programs received cease-and-desist letters from the Federal Aviation Administration last month.
Journalism programs at the University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri are experimenting with drones for reporting and story research. At both universities, journalism students are taught the basics of flying unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), using still and video cameras to gather aerial information, the ethics of operating flying cameras, FAA regulations and safety, and how to interpret aerial footage. The goal is to turn information gathered from the air into workable stories.