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SXSW Interactive 2013

Drones for Journalists: reporting evolved

Civilian and commercial drones are coming. As many as 30,000 drones, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), will be flying in the national airspace within 8 years, by FAA estimates. For the first time, the kind of intelligence once reserved for governments is opening to journalists and the media. This panel brings together an expert in disaster reporting, a data-minded journalist who is developing drones to conduct investigations, and a former war reporter and Discovery Channel documentarian who uses a drone to record landscapes and events from a new perspective, to discuss how this technology is being used today, and how it may be applied in the future.

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  1. How did drones become a part of reporting, and what can they do to improve coverage of events on a local, national, and international scale?
  2. What kind of background is required to use this tool? What's the learning curve and cost to drone journalism and drone photography / videography?
  3. How have drones been used to augment reporting or conduct investigations so far?
  4. What kind of regulations do drone journalists and drone photographers have to abide by? What can be predicted about future of regulation and litigation for this sort of technology? What about the ethics?
  5. Where is this whole thing headed, and what's the future for drones being used in news and media?



Matthew Schroyer, Drone Program Developer, Drone Journalist, DroneJournalism.org

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  • Tags: drones, journalism
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: WTF and Beyond
  • Level: Intermediate
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