Drones. Controversial? Yes. A useful journalism tool? Maybe? And now you can win one of your very own.
Yesterday, during “Drone Day” at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, professor Dan Pacheo demonstrated just how useful a handy little $300 AR Parrot drone can be. Mr. Pancheo, the head of the Journalism Innovation program, flew the flying camera around an auditorium using an iPad as a control while an audience watched video of themselves projected onto a large screen.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before this (flying cameras) becomes normal,” Mr. Pacheco said, according to an article on Syracuse.com.
The event was a public seminar to discuss the concerns that are raised by the use of flying recording devices. Namely, privacy.
But “Drone Day” also kicked off a contest, hosted by the school, to “win your very own A.R. Parrot 2.0 drone!”
“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,” the website for the contest explains. “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 is to come up with a news story that responsibly uses drone footage. The second is to create an iPhone or iPad app that “enhances the drone’s newsgathering or documentary film operations.” Deadline is February 23.
While the contest may be designed to encourage responsible ways of thinking about drone usage, remember, once you win the thing, it’s up to you.