Drones in Journalism?

via Scientific American

via Scientific American

Drones are everywhere.

I hope I’m not the first person to tell you that.

Reuters says:
“Federal legislation enacted last year requires the FAA to prepare a plan to open U.S. skies in 2015 to widespread use of unmanned aircraft by public agencies and private industry.

Potential markets include agriculture, shipping, oil exploration, commercial fishing, major league sports, film and television production, environmental monitoring, meteorological studies, law enforcement and the news media.”

They are now a part of our lives, yet I’d never thought they’d be in the world of journalism.

Googling got me to this article by Khalil A. Cassimally of Scientific American and it blew me away.

I have a hard enough time using a camera, never mind even the complexity of using a drone for a story. But it is something to think about. It’s fascinating. Obviously, there will be limits and expectations for using a drone for a story, but the idea is well cool.

I won’t begin to argue that drones would be a gateway for young writers to become interested in the position, but could it hurt? I think not. As Cassimally points out, at the end of his piece, drones probably won’t change the way we do things today.

It’s just something I don’t think many have really talked about.

The hype with drones has only gotten bigger and louder. I’m curious as to what will happen next. With drones all over the country, could it be only a matter of time before we see newsrooms testing the waters?

Cassimaly writes:
“Actually, operating drones for commercial purposes, which includes journalistic purposes, will probably become legal as early as 2015. The FAA approval of six UAV testing sites seems to be evidence. Perhaps more telling of the imminent drone coming is the FAA estimate that within 10 years, about 30,000 commercial and government drones will be in the US sky, with the industry projected to swell to $90 billion.”
Keep your eyes on the sky.

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