Links, thoughts and research into using drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism at the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The GitHub repository is organized by the individual screens that applicants must fill out to get a COA. In each folder, there is a PDF of the screen itself and a Markdown file of the text of the screens plus our answers to some of the questions. We will be adding more answers as we complete them.
Unfamiliar with GitHub and Markdown? You can click on the folders and then on the files themselves and GitHub will render the Markdown files as they should appear. There’s also a link on the right where you can download the entire repository as a Zip file. There are numerous free Markdown editors out there.
Familiar with GitHub and want to help out? Pull requests are welcome. Are you in the COA process and want to add your answers? We’d love it. The more information we all have, the better.
We haven’t done one of these in a while, but we’ve been experimenting with a DJI Phantom. The Phantom is very, very easy to fly — very beginner friendly. So we’ve been experimenting with camera gimbals to balance the video. See the difference?
On Sept. 1, Reforma in Mexico City used a small quadcopter to cover a protest. From the video, you can see people clustering at various points around the city, as well as walls of police, many of whom looked up to see what was buzzing overhead.
How did Reforma get into Drone Journalism? And what steps did they take to start? Luis De Uriarte, the deputy director of electronic media, explains in this 8 minute audio clip.
News outlets haven’t totally embraced drones yet due to murky FAA regulations, but when they do, I want to be ready for it. I envision a world 20 years from now where every newsroom has its own drone journalist. I hope to be one.
Luis De Uriarte, the Deputy Director for Electronic Media at Reforma in Mexico City, writes that they used a drone to cover education law protests recently. The video is above. “I might be wrong but I believe it is the first attempt in Mexico to do drone Journalism in Mexico,” De Uriarte wrote.