Week 8: Drones

The topic this week is how do I feel drones will affect my future career, or are they already? When it comes to drone impact on my current job in journalism the answer is no. While there are others in the career field in the military who are using drones, myself and my office are not deeply invested in drones. I don’t see the military getting behind their journalists using them very much for obvious security reasons.

However, I can definitely see drones becoming a go-to in any media/news agency’s arsenal. Being that that’s the type of industry that I plan to work for, I can see myself having to get at least mildly familiar with drones and having to consider them when scoping out how to shoot certain things.

We have toyed with the idea of using them during broadcast operations during the military…and we could likely get away with it without much of a hassle (which is not the right answer, but just being honest) yet unless we are paying for them ourselves, we aren’t getting them. Justifying that purchase to funding approval officials is just likely not in the cards.


Week 7: Sensor Idea

As told in my earlier post, I have always been curious as to the affects music has on the physical body. Everyone has heard a song that at one point gave them goosebumps, chills, or even made them cry. I want to use the following product (a body temperature detector) to see if certain artists that a listener enjoys induces any fluctuation in their body temperature.


This next product in particular is practically made for it:


This is a headset that measures your brainwaves in reaction to certain things. It even says in the description you can use it to measure your reaction to your favorite music. I find this idea fascinating. I imagine music can almost have the same affect on people as “foreign” substances does but I would love to conduct a study to find out how. Also, I would want to put certain artists to the test to see how impactful their music is to the human brain. That would be a fairly neat selling point as an artist.

Week 6: Pitch a VR Story

Amidst all of this news about the White House, and the future president meeting with Obama in it…I figure perhaps this could be a useful way to do an online tour of the White House. With all of the big meetings taking place in it, one would be able to walk around the halls and most famous rooms and it would be able to tell you in exactly what place at what times that the meetings where happening.

It would be like you walked into the Oval Office and there was a highlighted spot that said something along the lines of, “In this location president elect and Obama are meeting to discuss X, Y, and Z.”

While personally I probably wouldn’t spend too much time concerned about what was happening the White House that day…I’d be more interested in looking at the works of art on the wall and learning about the history behind everything I was seeing. But perhaps that would be a feature that this story could do as well; just on the side.

I still have a hard time believing that technology like this will have a huge impact in journalism because as of right now…but who knows. Years down the road there could be some new innovation that completely goes against that thinking. Hopefully I’m wrong cause I find it pretty cool.

Week 5: 3d Impacts

This is a very interesting week when it comes to interpreting how the future of my career could be affected by the technologies we have covered this week. As the professor stated, there may not be a plethora of applicable uses for these technologies as the industry is now. But I think if there is going to be a big use for them, it’s going to end up being for ways which might aid a story.

I used the example earlier of forensics examples. Say there was a murder or something, you could recreate the person and show how/where they were hurt. Or create interactive 3d models of someone who is involved in the news.

I don’t see one hugely over arching way in which these tools will rock the world of journalism…but I do think each of them in their own way may change the game a little. Broaden the spectrum of a lot of things. They can help shed a more detailed light on a lot of things which used to have to be up to people’s imaginations. Will people have the technology in their palms to host these types of tools in another aspect in itself. I do feel like it will be a solid few years before these things become commonplace and we start to begin to see just how there may be a market impact.