It’s a Bird … It’s a Drone!

The word “drone” can bring up some complicated feelings among people these days. If you’re like me and you come from a military/government background, you picture the unmanned aerial vehicles that are used in military operations and have a generally negative reputation among the general public. If you’re into photography or videography, on the other…

The Power of Light: A Sensor Journalism Proposal

This week, I was very interested to learn about the different sensors that are available, and their potential for journalism. While they are definitely much less flashy than the other technology we’ve learned about, they’re much more versatile and have a lower entry point as far as price and accessibility. Sensors seem like a technology…

VR Story Pitch: Homeless Art

I saw this Washington Post article about the breakup of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art & Design, which was a hugely political, divisive issue in D.C. and has resulted in a lot of lost jobs and art without a home as the issues get sorted out:¬†https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/corcoran-breakup-deal-still-provokes-angry-feelings/2016/08/16/d6845300-581b-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_corcoran-320pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory Reading this, I immediately…

3-D Scanning: I Can Picture a Future for Data Journalism

I spent a little too much time this week trying to 3-D scan everyday objects (in my case, children’s toys) using the 123D Catch app. Using the app wasn’t the problem; waiting for the models to be generated was. Turns out the servers were backed up with lots of requests for models, leading to wait…

360 Video: Is it for everyone?

As a journalist who has recently discovered the wonders of video and has officially jumped on the “video is the future (and the future has arrived)” bandwagon, I am excited about the possibilities of 360 video. While virtual reality offers a world where any scene can be created and experienced, 360 video offers the chance…