Should drones be a reporting tool? San Diego State will dive deeply into the issue.

To explore how journalism and science intersect, the SDSU School of Journalism and Media Studies, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and College of Sciences have joined forces to form a Center for Science & Media.

San Diego State University, Hepner Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

“The primary mission of the Center for Science and Media is to educate the public about science, through the strategic and ethical use of media,” said Bey-Ling Sha, a professor and interim director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies.

The center will host a 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series, with the first event March 25. Matt Waite, a professor at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founder of the Drone Journalism Lab, will speak on “Drones and Journalism: The Dawning Age of Robots Reporting News.”

The presentation will center on challenges and opportunities that arise from using drones in news gathering and reporting, and it will include a drone demonstration.

Waite’s presentation and drone demonstration starts at 11 a.m. in the theatre of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, followed by a reception. To attend the event, RSVP on the event website. 

— SDSU News Center