The Federal Aviation Administration has been busy these last few weeks, promulgating a bunch of different rules that have some consequences – short-term and long-term – for drone journalists.MORE
RJI's director of aerial journalism says there is no magic bullet app that does everything. And technology isn't the sole answer to being a better drone journalist. But we're safer when we remember that we're pilots first and photographers second.
Here are the apps he recommends to help you get there.MORE
DJI leads the market in consumer and prosumer drone sales, so when they release a product, it makes a splash. The company released two new versions of the Mavic Pro last week, and there's been a lot of buzz about both of them. But is it worth it for a news outlet to invest in?
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In this article, Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, notes:
- The right to fly over private property is legally well established. But various groups are trying to restrict that for privacy purposes. In doing so, they may open up media outlets to frivolous lawsuits that could harm First Amendment rights.
- This latest effort – which is being posed as model legislation for states to adopt – not only makes flying over someone’s property cause for a civil suit, it also makes taking photos or videos of someone’s property a cause for civil action.
In a video, Matthew Borowick shares his advice, methods and passion for drone storytelling.MORE
The Missouri Drone Journalism Program has flown more than 450 sorties since December. Here are some hard lessons learned along the way.MORE
By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
As the news crew at KTVB in Boise, Idaho, has learned, launching their drone for news coverage can draw a crowd. Executive News Director Kate Morris says this has been a good opportunity to educate the public about the opportunities the new technology offers journalists and assure folks of the TV station’s commitment to ethical journalism and safety. But crowds have also posed challenges. Morris says her team has learned that it’s best to have additional staff on hand to answer people’s questions so the drone operators can stay focused on the job at hand.MORE
By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
While it is becoming more common for journalists to use drone footage to enhance their coverage, there are still some notable rules and regulations you should know.
During a recent installment of the GateHouse Professional Development Series, attorneys Charles Tobin and Christine Walz from Holland & Knight, LLP, explained the process for newsrooms to get their drones flying.MORE
The deal isn't yet finished. But Ken Doctor says he has been told by multiple sources that there are no major stumbling blocks left to negotiate in a megamerger between the United States' two largest daily newspaper chains – Gannett and GateHouse. It's increasingly likely to happen, with an announcement by summer's end. That's despite absolute public silence from the companies involved.
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Here's a taste of what you'll hear in Chicago, Oct. 6-8:
- Walter Hussman reports on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's bold move to convert all its subscribers to digital subscribers.
- Recruitment guru Laurie Kahn on what newspapers need to do to assemble a team of sales superstars.
- The Post and Courier reveals results from the Google News Initiative – literally days after its conclusion.
- News from Washington on the newspaper industry's fight to get a fair share of revenue from Facebook and Google.Springs.