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Matthew Schroyer

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Matthew Schroyer is a drone and data journalist based in Urbana, Illinois. He is developing drone technology and small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) for use in journalistic enterprises. To this end, he has founded the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ), located at He's written for newspapers, alternative newsweeklies and news websites about presidential campaigns, energy, pollution, local politics, public housing, poverty, musicians, school board meetings and assorted slices of life. He holds a master's in journalism University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a contributor to, a community news website funded by the Knight Foundation. While a graduate student, he taught journalism and helped produce, an interactive web site using data journalism practices to report on crime at UIUC, which won an Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Full-time, he now works on a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois called EnLiST, which offers leadership training and professional development for K-12 science teachers. There, he performs a variety of duties as a communications specialist and social network analyst. He also heads “Drones for Schools” program, a project-based learning initiative where high school students learn STEM concepts and practice engineering design as they build and operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles for photomapping missions. He is available as a consultant to teach news organizations how to adopt data journalism strategies and utilize drones for low-cost, high-impact investigative reporting. He blogs at and occasionally contributes to the small unmanned systems news website

by   -   June 21, 2014

A consumer-grade flight computer and GPS module, which is reporting its location to a laptop computer.

A consumer-grade flight computer and GPS module, which is reporting its location to a laptop computer.

Today, the United States Federal Communications Commission issued its largest fine ever – $34.9 million against a Chinese company that makes and sells signal jammers.


A Snaproll Media unmanned helicopter, chasing a Porsche 911 as part of a promotional video.

Today the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it was considering allowing the commercial film industry to operate small unmanned aircraft, after receiving petitions from seven aerial video and photography companies.


The Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, Texas that was discovered in 2011 to have been dumping blood into a river after a drone enthusiast captured aerial photos of the meat-packing plant was fined $100,000 for violating water code.


Raphael Pirker (above) remains the only individual fined by the FAA for using a small drone. An NTSB judge later ruled that the FAA didn’t go through the proper procedures to legally regulate small unmanned aircraft such as Pirker’s.

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