Grady College will be the location for the Drone Summit October 21-22, 2017.

Grady College to host Drone Summit 2017

Grady College is joining CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting (CNN Air), Turner Entertainment, the National Press Photographers Association and the New Media Institute to host the first Drone Summit October 20-21, 2017. The event will take place at Grady College.

The Drone Summit will gather the leading practitioners, manufacturers, technologists and educators involved with the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry for a two-day program. The event will begin with a Drone Filmfest—a pilot-submitted collection of drone footage—and will also feature panel discussions, best practice forums for using drones in media and entertainment applications and networking.

“Drones are an increasingly important part of the media landscape, be it journalism, film, public relations or advertising,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. “We want to bring the industry together, get to know as many of the players as possible and build ties between them and our students.”

CNN, a leader in integrating UAS technology into its newsgathering operations, was selected by the FAA as one of the first three industry “Pathfinders” to develop safe uses in newsgathering. CNN has shared data and research that have helped formulate a framework for various types of UAS to be safely integrated into the national air space, and they continue to work to expand the safe and legal operation of UAS in newsgathering.

“Drones can be an invaluable addition to the journalist’s toolkit, allowing us to create unique and powerful imagery, to be more creative in our storytelling and more importantly, to add context and understanding for all of our viewers and users,” said Greg Agvent, senior director of CNN Air. “As a new and nascent industry, we’re making headway on the opportunities that are before us, on the regulations that impede us, and on the technology that will enable us, but continued collaboration and the exchange of ideas and information are necessary to stay on that upward trajectory.”

Grady College was also the first site for the Drone School for Journalists in March 2017.

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Date: April 12, 2017
Author:  Sarah Freeman,