#NTNM Assignment Three – Keith Zubrow

In the next decade drones and journalism will become synonymous. The addition of technology that allows storytellers to reach places that were previously untouched will help bolster a struggling industry. One of the key impacts drones will have on journalism deals with surveillance. Unmanned aircrafts will give journalists access to locations that were once considered illegal or impossible to reach.

In a previous post I discussed how drones will allow journalists to access restricted crime areas like fires. However, the impact of drones will far exceed simple crime scenes. In the past, journalists covered foreign American wars by being embedded with military members. That practice has since ended, and in the time since the accuracy of frontline reporting has suffered. Drones would provide a new opportunity for journalists to cover dangerous military conflicts without being in harms way.

Finally, imagine how the coverage of the Fukushima nuclear disaster would have altered if journalists had access to drones. The coverage would have unquestionably included better footage of what was actually going on inside and around the reactor. In the time that followed drones could have been utilized in an investigative way, to determine what precautions the government was taking to cleanup the disaster site. Newer technology that allows drones to perform 3-D scans, like the depiction found below, will one day allow the common person to not only read and watch a story, but move around and interact with the story.

Dandora Dumpsite in Nairobi, Kenya
by African skyCAM
on Sketchfab

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