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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.

May 6, 2014 at 5:41pm

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Drone Journalism Is a First Amendment Right, Major Media Companies Say →

Read the summary, and read the brief

April 15, 2014 at 3:20pm

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CCTV Africa, African skyCAM, Drone Journalism Lab team up for stunning video of African wildlife →

You can’t watch this video without seeing the potential to tell stories in ways we couldn’t without small UAVs to get perspectives. The video was shot by Ben Kreimer using a DJI Phantom.

April 14, 2014 at 12:29pm

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A follow-up on the drone-injures-athlete story from Australia

If you didn’t hear, a small camera drone crashed into an athlete at a triathlon in Australia. The operator claims it was hacked. The Australian civil aviation authority, CASA is investigating.

But one thing to note here: The list of CASA approved drone operators is public. Missing from that list: New Era Ag Tech, the owner of the drone. 

Warren Abrams, the owner of New Era Ag Tech, told Australia’s Fairfax Media that he held a license to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.

Licensing, and people who choose to ignore licensing, will be a major issue in the coming years across the globe.

April 8, 2014 at 10:37pm

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It's Time to Halt The FAA's Arbitrary and Expanding Domestic "Drone" Ban →

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Missing-persons search group fights FAA order to stop using drones →

More pushback against the FAA.

March 31, 2014 at 7:51pm

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Drone, meet rhino. Rhino, meet drone. Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer has been in Kenya working with the African Sky Cam project. Here’s a little preview of what he saw.

Drone, meet rhino. Rhino, meet drone. Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer has been in Kenya working with the African Sky Cam project. Here’s a little preview of what he saw.

March 14, 2014 at 12:28pm

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Drone Technology Will Prosper Africa →

Drone Lab all-star Ben Kreimer is in Africa doing drone journalism with The Star in Nairobi. Here he writes about why drones will be useful in Africa … and why people need to be careful.

March 12, 2014 at 5:35pm

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Is There a Drone Flying Around the Harlem Building Collapse? (Updated) →

This is going to keep happening, and it’s going to get worse, and I fear something bad is going to happen, as long as there aren’t regulations in place. Clear, unambiguous regulations that allow for commercial use while balancing privacy and safety concerns.

5:34pm

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Dos Pueblos High Student Journalists Deploy Drone to Send News Coverage Soaring →

More high school kids getting in on the action.

March 7, 2014 at 4:36pm

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The FAA is appealing the Pirker decision →

The agency is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground,” according to a statement.

In other words, we’re back to status quo for the time being.