Assignment 4 — Siyu Liu

Drone journalism is still a relatively new subject in the media business but I see this landscape will be changed sooner than we thought.

As the FAA issued its first approval for flights of small commercial drones at night, now drone hobbyist can certinaly expect more flexible rules. With this ever changing field of drones, drone journalism finds its opportunities and challenges.

I watch NBC’s The Nightly News almost every day for the past years and recently they’ve been using drones for reporting more and more often, even three times in one newscast. The most common use for drones in the newscast is to shoot aerial scenes of earthquakes and tornados, but now with the new regulation from FAA, more and more people will be able to do that. So I think using drones creatively might be the future solution for drone journalism.

Just like not everyone with a camera is a photographer, not everyone with a drone is a drone journalist. Drone journalists can not only use drones for photography and videography, but also for watchdog journalism to collect imagery data. Because drones can fly lower, it’s able monitor a suspicious site closer and provide realistic data for investigative journalists.

Overall, I’m very interested to see the future development of drone journalism.