DRONES have quickly become ubiquitous in numerous sectors of society, not least in the media. The small camera-equipped flying vehicles have been called a disruptive innovation in journalism, but the view from above is also connected to a 'surveillance gaze' in modern society. Legal concerns and integrity issues have also in many cases limited the actual use of drones in journalism and media production. In historical perspective, drones are a recent example of how the meanings and uses of new media technologies are always subject to negotiation and experimentation.
Against this backdrop, the research centre Demicom at Mid Sweden University invites scholars to a workshop where we will discuss drones in relation to the media and journalism from social, cultural, historical, technological, professional, ethical and other perspectives. The workshop is expected to lead to one or several peer-reviewed joint publications. The deadline to submit a 1000-word extended abstract is NEW DATE! JUNE 15, 2019!
Jonas Harvard (jonas.harvard[at]miun.se)
Ingela Wadbring (ingela.wadbring[at]miun.se)
Currently drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are being used in a number of different media contexts. From reports about disasters and natural phenomena, to background shots in feature pieces, to journalistic overview shots. Drones are used both to capture still photography and video, and have quickly become a popular consumer device. Some media outlets also publish drone footage taken by amateurs.