Are either of DJI's new drones right for journalism? 8/27/18

By Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

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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A tussle over airspace. Could news drones be collateral damage? 7/17/18

By Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
There’s a movement afoot that would severely limit how drones can be used -- and it would essentially make using a drone for journalism illegal in many cases.

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.
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Drone storytelling: Changing how we capture the world 7/10/18

In a video, Matthew Borowick shares his advice, methods and passion for drone storytelling.

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Five lessons learned about the drone part of drone journalism 7/2/18

By Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Missouri Drone Journalism Program has flown more than 450 sorties since December. Here are some hard lessons learned along the way.

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What an Idaho TV station is learning from flying a drone 5/9/17


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.

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Drone journalism (part 1): What license do you need? 12/13/16


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.

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360-degree drone video, and reporting via Yik Yak 11/10/15

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

This week we see how aerial drones are being fitted with 360-degree video cameras, and we learn how an anonymous social platform might help with news coverage.

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