1006 Fall 2019 Up in the Air: Using Drones to Cover the News
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Nov. 20
Instructors: Greg Agvent, Charles Tobin
Coordinator: Kathleen Burns
Up in the sky—it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman—or is it a drone? Come hear two experts discuss how this expanding tool for news coverage is broadening media’s reach as it brings information to viewers. Some of the topics will include: How does the use of a drone differ from that of a camera? What rights does a news photographer have? What are the rules for operating a drone for news purposes? How rigorous is the process of becoming a drone pilot? What kinds of stories are made possible or best enhanced by employing drone footage? In the context of drone usage, does the First Amendment bump up against any privacy rights or government rules?
Greg Agvent is CNN’s senior director for aerial imagery. Based in Atlanta, he heads the nation’s leading drone-based reporting team, with hard-won waivers from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing them to operate as they zero in on people and events down below. Charles Tobin is a Washington-based attorney with Ballard Spahr’s Media and Entertainment Law Group. He advises media companies on the evolving rules for using drones for reporting.