Grady College to host drone workshop

A workshop offering hands-on flight training to journalists interested in using drones for news coverage is coming to the University of Georgia this fall.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska will continue their innovative program to train journalists in using drones, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), for their news coverage with a stop at UGA Oct. 12-14.

The workshop will offer training on safe drone operations and information journalists need to study for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 Drone Pilot’s Certificate. The program will also help those needing to go through the recertification process. In addition, the three-day workshop will focus on the ethical issues of drone journalism, community best practices and coordinated operations in a breaking news environment and explore ways drone photography can be used in innovative storytelling.

NPPA’s legal counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher, who has worked for years speaking on behalf of journalists in support of commonsense federal, state and municipal regulations regarding where and when drone journalists could fly, will lead sessions on the legal issues of drone journalism.

“NPPA has been at the forefront in advocating for the use of drones for newsgathering. With that opportunity comes an inherent role of operating them in a legal, safe and responsible manner,” Osterreicher said. “The legal landscape is especially complex because state and local governments increasingly are imposing their own restrictions on drone flights.”

“It’s one thing to be able to put a drone up in the air, it’s something else entirely to do it in a journalistically sound way,” said Grady College’s Mark E. Johnson. “It’s critical that journalists understand all the legal and ethical issues before they consider taking the Part 107 exam.”

The program will feature hands-on introductory flight training.

Participation at the workshop will be limited to the first 60 people to register.

Registration fee: $295

Students: $275

NPPA Members: $250

Non-NPPA members should consider joining at https://nppa.org/join before registering for the workshop to take advantage of the member discount.

Register for the workshop here.

Convention dates set for 2019

Make plans now so you don’t miss out on next year’s great events!

2019 133rd GPA Convention at Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Early Registration/Board Meeting — Wednesday, May 29
Convention — Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, with the BNC to be held Friday evening, May 31.
All events will take place at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel & Resort.
Room blocks and group rates are available at the following:

Jekyll Island Club Hotel & Resort

Room rates start at $219.

Call 1-800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600 by April 24 to make reservations, ask for the group rate in the Georgia Press Association block of rooms.
There are several rooms in the GPA block being held at the new Jekyll Island Ocean Club, the hotel’s new property on the beach. All rooms here are suites and overlook the beach, with rates of $399. Please let them know when making reservations if you are interested in staying at the Ocean Club.
Westin Jekyll Island
Ocean View Room: $229
Call 1-888-627-8316 to make reservations, ask for the group rate in the Georgia Press Association block of rooms.  Or, use the following booking link to make reservations online:
Guest rooms will be held until May 10, 2019, after which they will be released to the general public.
Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island by Hilton
Standard Room: $195
Call 1-800-426-7866 to make reservations, ask for the group rate in the Georgia Press Association block of rooms. Or, use the following booking link to make reservations online: http://group.hamptoninn.com/GAPressAssociation
Guest rooms will be held until April 29, 2019, after which they will be released to the general public.