Change is coming, eventually. Just not as quickly as many interested stakeholders would like.
For many news and media organizations, the proverbial dust settling and potential game-changing applications for news production and reporting cannot occur fast enough.
CNN announced in January that it has come to an agreement with the FAA: The news network will be allowed to test drone systems for newsgathering.
“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante, said in a press release.
How might a drone be used in journalism? The obvious possibilities include aerial shots that are usually supplied by (decidedly more costly to operate/maintain) helicopters — aftermath of natural disaster scenes, monitoring search and rescue events and area traffic updates come to mind.
There’s also something to be said about upping the ante of production qualities for higher end video pieces. Suddenly routine reporter video stand-ups aren’t so routine.
The piece offers some great prompts on “issues facing news operations and their potential use of drone technology.” Check it out.