A new drone-grounded network has been created to offer a different perspective on the migrant crisis in Europe. The FAA has grounded Fox News drones near where thousands of migrants are sheltering under a bridge, but this is just one instance of a new form of journalism that is being used more and more often by journalists around the world.
In the past, drones have been used to capture events as they unfold. The FAA has released a statement about its grounding of the news network’s drones: “The aircraft was flying in airspace managed by the Washington office of the FAA and the drone operator did not have an up-to-date FAA remote pilot certificate.” However, this does not mean that drones cannot be used for news gathering.
The FAA has defined the difference between commercial and recreational drone use; this is why we will see more and more journalists using drones as a means to take aerial footage of events. The FAA believes that it’s acceptable for journalists to take their own footage as long as they stay below 400 ft and do not break any rules of the drone’s flight path.
Prominent journalists such as Dan Rather and Anderson Cooper have used drones to capture footage in the past, and we will see more and more of them doing so in the future. These journalists use their own personal drones, but we cannot ignore the fact that companies such as DJI have been encouraging journalists to use drones from their company as well.
In the latter part of 2014, DJI launched a special website designed for media professionals that provided a wealth of how-to articles and videos related to aerial photography and videography.
Journalists must take note that the FAA has indicated that it’s unlawful for them to receive payment for their work with drones. This raises an interesting question about whether journalists would be able to sell footage that they shoot exclusively on their own drone, or if the material belongs to them because it was shot on a personal item.
The FAA has said that its ban against commercial drone use includes news gathering where the journalists are compensated in some way. Journalists who are able to pay for their own drones can do so without any fear of punishment, but their peers in the field with smaller bank accounts may have to wait until the FAA creates new opportunities for them before they are able to use drones in their work.
Journalists who want to take their drones out of the box for their work should be aware that the FAA has rules about flying near “sensitive locations.” This includes sports stadiums, outdoor assemblies, and buildings such as hospitals.
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This article is written by Dustin Snipes. He is a blogger at Drones Made Easy, an online resource for finding the best professional drones available on the market today.