Who Are We?

LYNDA CALVERT

Lynda Calvert is an award-winning journalist, a Professor of Journalism at Seneca College and the Coordinator of the Canadian Centre for Drone Journalism Excellence. She is also the holder of a Drone Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations.

How do we design technology, policy, industry standards and laws to safely integrate remotely piloted aircraft into an internationally agreed civil aviation system?

Globally speaking, we’ve done this once before: at the end of WW2. But this time the puzzle includes the added challenge of creating a shared, managed system for both manned and unmanned aircraft. (I digress a bit, but I am a policy geek at heart.) Increasingly journalists are working on that puzzle too, as they use drones in ever-more innovative ways to tell stories.

I bring that fascination with all things drones, my global contacts, and my fifteen years experience as a journalist with CBC News to the CDJE. When I’m not teaching journalism students or working on the CDJE, I can usually be found watching reruns of Star Trek or Star Wars movies.

Happy, and safe, flying!

Chris McCracken

Chair, School of Marketing and School of Media

 

Chris holds the distinction of being the Toronto Raptors’ first-ever Executive Producer and Director of Broadcasting, a role that paved the way for an exciting career in media production and marketing, and garnered nominations for Raptors’ television specials.

Chris also worked for several years at CTV as an on-air producer and as a marketing manager/director, working on big events like the Olympics and Grey Cup.

He went on to be the Canadian Football League’s VP of Media Assets before finding a home in academics as a media and business professor and program coordinator.

In addition to his Chair roles, Chris is a member of Seneca’s committees for Educational Technology and Academic Integrity.

Afshaan Purvez

Director of Digital Content at Seneca's School of Media

Afshaan Purvez works for the School of Media at Seneca College, where she is responsible for creating and managing content across all digital platforms.

When she is not managing content on the drone journalism web page, she enjoys writing poetry, and hopes to publish some day!

Devin Andrade

Director of Digital Content at Seneca's School of Media

Devin Andrade works for the School of Media at Seneca College, where she is responsible for creating and managing content across all digital platforms.

When she is not working to develop the drone journalism website, she's managing a food blog where she shares original vegan recipes or producing and writing about podcasts.

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