New Sight Lines: Drone Journalism Innovations in Technology, Standard and Practices

May 2, 2020

The second annual symposium hosted by the Seneca College-based Centre for Drone Journalism Excellence serves as a gathering of guests interested in learning about the current advancements in drone technology, particularly as it is applied in journalism.





New Sight Lines: Drone Journalism Innovations in Technology, Standards and Practices is going virtual! As a result of the current events surrounding COVID-19, we will be live streaming the symposium online. Watch this space for a link when we go live.


  • Journalism Educators
  • Journalism Students
  • Journalists
  • Canadian and International Media Organizations
  • Government Regulators
  • Aviation Industry Representatives
  • Canadian Drone Industry Representatives
  • UAS Operators


This year, we are pleased to announce our guest speaker will be Gail Orenstein.

Gail is a renowned drone journalist with extensive experience flying drones in conflict zones and in remote areas, for example, obtaining the first drone footage from the fall of Mosul, and using a drone to report on the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Gail’s drone journalism footage has been distributed worldwide including CBS News, Der Stern, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, TIME, The BBC, The Telegraph, and many more.


(Gail Orenstein teaches young Iraqi children how a drone works

Iraq, 2016)

Conference Organizers

Lynda Calvert

Master of Ceremonies, Symposium Producer, Host and Moderator of panel 1

Bill Hutchison

Host, Moderator of Panel 2

Beth Agnew

Chair of The School of Media at Seneca College

Tim Abbott

Technical Editor and Producer

Panelists & Presenters

Trevor Lyons

CBC Television's Chief Drone Pilot

Sylvain Bourque

Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Task Force BVLOS Team, Transport Canada

Kathryn McCulloch

Dispute resolution lawyer, expert in aviation and drone regulation

Ruby Sayyed

Head Air Traffic Management Advocacy, IATA

Kevin Buffitt

Director, Video strategy for Global News

Troy Gallant

Senior Manager of Live Services, CP24

Rick MacInnes-Rae

Retired reporter, war correspondent, and ex-host of the foreign affairs program “Dispatches"

Pedram Nowroozi

Co-founder and head of OmniView Tech Corp.’s technology and services department

Behind The Scenes

Ghea Callado

Production Assistant

Anita Tai

Student Drone Journalist, Website Moderator

James Mackin

Symposium Operational Support


9:00 - Virtual doors open, online registration opens.

9:30 - Welcome remarks by Lynda Calvert

9:40 - Symposium Guest Speaker Gail Orenstein:
At the front lines of drone journalism: using drones in remote areas and in conflict zones

10:30 - Panel 1
Using drones to report in dangerous and/ or remote locations . What innovations in technology, standards and practices are needed to enhance this kind of drone journalism?

11:40 - Transport Canada presentation: New Canadian RPAS regulations a year later - challenges, successes, and next steps

12:20 - Panel 2: Drone Journalism Ethics
In many places, drone technology is evolving faster than regulations. In the absence of regulations, what does an ethical drone journalism practice look like? What do we teach our students about drone ethics? Can we put together a code of Canadian drone journalism ethics? Can we put together an international code of standards and practices for drone journalists?

13:30 - Closing remarks by Seneca College President David Agnew