Drone journalism lab philosophy is the right perspective on tools in journalism education

Since Matt is a friend and a colleague I highly respect, it isn’t a surprise that I am overjoyed to see that his drone project is being funded. But I cherry pick this quote from the story because it really reflects my philosophy towards tools and skills in journalism as one of the professors who are dedicated to teaching technology in the communication space. Read it and see if you get what we are talking about.

The lab isn’t a class unto itself, as many have assumed. Rather, Waite and Kebbel consider drones a “tool” that helps teach and build on basic reporting skills.

“Could we teach ‘smart phone journalism?’ ” Waite said, drawing an analogy to another journalism “tool.” “Sure we could. Should we? I don’t think so.”

That’s the way senior journalism and ethnic studies major Ben Kreimer sees it, too. He’s not sure how he’ll use his degree, but said: “I’m most interested in journalism as a set of tools that I can use in a broad range of work.”

via Knight Foundation grant to help UNL drone journalism lab take flight – Silicon Prairie News.

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