Drone Journalism Lab

In the News

April 29 — Matt Waite, journalism, was quoted in a Wichita Eagle story about the rise of uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.

March 22
— Matt Waite was was featured in The Nation (Chile) on the new opportunities journalism holds.

March 12 — Matt Waite was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times on the subject of regulation for commercial drones.

Feb. 22, 2013 — UNL one of two college journalism programs that are teaching students how to operate unmanned aircraft for story-gathering, reporting.

February — Matt Waite was quoted regularly as national debate over the role of domestic drones began to heat up.

Jan. 13, 2013 — The New York TImes quoted Matt Waite in a column about guns, maps and data that disturb.


Nov. 26 - Matt Waite featured in NBC News article on paparazzi using drones.

Nov. 16 - Matt Waite is in Air & Space mag talking robot reporters.

Oct. 29 - Drone journalism set for takeoff — once they're permitted to use our airspace.

Oct. 22 - Matt Waite was one of 20 journalists gathered at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University to discuss UAVs in news gathering.

Aug. 28 - Matt Waite speaks on drones for TV newsgathering

July 2 - Matt Waite appeared in articles about drones in the Kansas City Star and Washington Times.

April 26 - Gary Kebbel and Matt Waite were featured in a Fast Company article about drone journalism.

In March, Matt Waite appeared in several reports about the rise of drones in the U.S.

Jan. 13 - Matt Waite appeared on WNYC and an NPR program to discuss using drones to gather news.

The Drone Lab

UNL drone journalism lab is founded
November 2011  — The lab was started by Professor Matt Waite as a way to explore how drones could be used for reporting.

UNL launches lab to study issues surrounding new 'drone journalism'
Dec. 9, 2011 — News organizations will want to use new technology to deliver news and information efficiently.

April 11, 2012 — UNL's Waite is 'a kid in a candy store' as tech-focused journalism professor.

Meet the UL drone lab's student researchers 
April 6, 2012 — Three UNL students received Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences grants for the 2012-2013 school year.

Drone lab receives Knight Foundation prototype grant
June 25, 2012 — The College of Journalism received a $50,000 grant to experiment with a new tool that could be used for gathering news. 

Chasing news with drones
2011-2012 Annual Report — UNL research has the potential to offer journalists guidance for navigating the practical, ethical and legal considerations of using pilotless aircraft for news reporting.