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Drones Make Their Mark in Hurricane Coverage

Posted 10-19-17

Broadcasters expand use during recent disasters
James Careless, TV Technology

OTTAWA—From a news standpoint, the past two months will be remembered for two things: The trio of hurricanes that devastated the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, and the rise of news drones as a vital form of visual storytelling.

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Drone journalists get very good news – instant waivers

Posted 07-21-17

Al Thompkins, Poytner Institute

Drone journalists just got some very good news. The FAA says that this year it will begin offering "instant authorization" for drone flights in controlled airspace. It will start what is called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, in select cities. By the end of the year, 50 cities will be included.

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What Local TV Should Know Before Taking Off With Drone Journalism

Posted 07-21-17

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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