Technology continues its rapid pace of change. Smartphones and televisions now feature new models for broadcast television to leverage new capabilities and enhance broadcast programming with Internet content while prividng extended services that local stations are eager to bring to their communities.

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What Local TV Should Know Before Taking Off With Drone Journalism


by Felippe Rodrigues, MediaShift

Is there anything in journalism that screams innovation more than drones? Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituted new rules in 2016, unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras have become popular in newsrooms like Chicago’s CBS2, Norfolk’s The Virginian Pilot, and The New York Times. But should every news videographer be running out to get one?

“The question is ‘what purpose is the drone serving in the story?’” says Matt Waite, a professor at the University of Nebraska who in 2011 founded the Drone Journalism Lab to study the technology and train journalists on the use of drones. Waite believes that incorporating drones into your newsroom is not that simple of a choice. Instead, like any shoot, the planning should be meticulous.

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works


LLegislation would close 'inexplicable gap' in copyright law, Rep. Issa says
John Eggerton, Radio World

A bipartisan bill has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works.

Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) are sponsoring H.R. 3301, the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act.

“This an important and overdue fix to the law that will help settle years of litigation and restore some equity to this inexplicable gap in our copyright system,” Issa said.

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