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!

Beth Agnew

Chairman of Seneca's School of Media

Beth Agnew is the Academic Chair of the School of Media where she oversees programs in Journalism, Broadcasting - Television, Broadcasting - Radio, Event & Media Production, Public Relations, Government Relations, and Technical Communication. A confessed geek and early adopter of technologies, Beth achieved her private pilot's license at the age of 19, before joining the Canadian Forces Communications Group where she worked in telecommunications.

 

After ten years in the military with tours in Europe and the Middle East, Beth created an eclectic high tech career as a technical communicator and professional writer.  The writing involved journalism, periodical writing, scriptwriting, and fiction, with ancillary gigs in broadcasting, publishing, marketing, instructional design, and interactive gaming. Focusing on the more lucrative and dependable opportunities in technical communication, Beth worked in scientific and technical areas including geoscience, forestry, the environment, and software development.

 

She became one of the first to achieve the Expert level as a Certified Professional Technical Communicator. Her relationship with Seneca progressed from membership on the program advisory committee for the Technical Communication program to part-time faculty, then full-time faculty and now Chair.  Beth has a BFA in Creative Writing, a Master's in Metaphysical Science, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Innovation Leadership for reasons that made sense at the time.

 

She enthusiastically supported the creation of the Centre for Drone Journalism Excellence, and has been a strong advocate for students learning how to tell effective stories with drone footage. As a pun-loving champion of bees, she believes drones have their place, and do not belong giving monotone lectures in a classroom.

Andrew Mair

Coordinator for Seneca's School of Media

Andrew Mair is the Journalism Program Coordinator at Seneca College. He’s spent 30 years in newsrooms and has always had a passion for aviation. If he could see better, he’d be a pilot. He can see well enough to fly drones, however.

Anita Tai

Student Drone Journalist

Anita Tai is the Student Drone Journalist at Seneca College and is responsible for maintaining the Centre for Drone Journalism Excellence website. She is also the holder of a Drone Pilot Certificate - Advanced Operations.

When Anita isn’t tinkering on the CDJE website, she is rapping Hamilton lyrics at her dog. So far, Lin-Manuel Miranda hasn't returned any of her calls.

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 manages a food blog where she shares original vegan recipes and other lifestyle tips.

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