Assignment 4: Drones and News Media

Drones can go to more places far faster and easily than human with a camera.

For that reason, we can expect that soon all major media companies will adopt drones.

For example, just recently, Nepal experienced a devastating Earthquake. Naturally, the event has received global 24-hour coverage to document the damages and the rescue services, which are currently underway. One of the clips that has been shown a lot on CNN came via Reuters. That clip is a skyview drone video surveying the widespread damage and destruction.

Of course Reuters can afford to have drones and not every small town newspaper can afford a drone, but as the costs decrease, more and more companies will find creative ways to use them.

Drones get a lot of flak for their use in military strikes, but, depending on who you ask, most military drones are used for covert surveillance in war zones. News organizations could do the same thing; instead of sending reporters out into disaster zones or war zones, an organization could send a drone that records and live streams video. (Of course, sending a journalist to the scene and a drone to the scene are not mutually exclusive. The best stories will make use of both).

Naturally, possibly more than most, news organizations will have hurdles in terms of taking and releasing video captured by drones. Because drones can go places and see things that a human couldn’t see or do from the ground, privacy is going to be a problem. This problem will only grow as more organizations come to rely on drones to get their footage.

– Jake Cappuccino

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