New Rules for Drone Use in Journalism

Drones are getting to be indispensable in today’s news-gathering activities. Journalists around the globe have been using them to get great photo/video footage of events as they happen to go with their reports. Drone footage show unique angles of the scenes being taken, thus provide for a more interesting take on the event or incident.

The recent earthquake in Italy is one such event where a drone was used to show footage of the extent of the destruction brought about by the disaster.

Earthquake view from drone

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In fact, CNN (Cable News Network) is said to be launching a drone-based news collection operation.

The cable news network is looking to double-down on the technology resource with the launch of its new initiative, CNN Air, or CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting for not-short. Read more:

As such, the FAA has released changes to its rules governing the commercial use of drones, including those for journalism.

So far, the FAA has received applications from 25 sites. By the end of the year, we plan to choose six test sites for civil unmanned aircraft. Congress required us to do so, and we need to make sure we use these sites to obtain the best data that we can,” said FAA administrator Michael Huerta, speaking Thursday at an aerospace industry conference. Ensuring safety in the “increasingly congested” skies was the agency’s top priority, he added. Read more:

New rules governing the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, come into effect on August 29. The changes, released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), make it easier for everyday journalists to incorporate drone footage into their work. Read more:

Thus, there is a need for drone-flyers of news gathering teams to get a special license before they can fly.

Here’s what they need to do, according to Patch. Journalists/reporters using drones will have to take a test for what’s called a “remote pilot certificate,” which is basically a drone version of a pilot’s license.

It requires basic knowledge of the U.S. aviation system and must be done in person. Read more:

This rule also applies for other commercial drone users, such as businesses that provide aerial photo services.

The release of the FAA new rules paves the way for commercial drones to take flight.

We’re part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information and deploy disaster relief,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference announcing the new rules this summer. The FAA predicts that 100,000 new jobs could be created over the next decade as the use of drones makes some types of research and information gathering faster and less costly. Read more:



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