Welcome to the Home of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ).

 

Established in 2011, PSJD is the first international organization dedicated to establishing the ethical, educational and technological framework for the emerging field of drone journalism. We develop small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for journalists, and explore best practices to deploy them for a variety of reporting needs, including investigative, disaster, weather, sports, and environmental journalism.

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Learn.

 

Get a high-altitude overview with our news blog. Tap into our resources to learn more about the nuts-and-bolts operation of drones with our developer's blog. Or, review our code of ethics to get an understanding of our founding principles. 

 

Meet. 

Get to know more than 400 people, in more than 37 countries who have joined the PSDJ at DroneJournalism.org. There is at least one member in each continent of the globe, except Antarctica.

 

Share.

Exchange ideas and innovations in our drone journalism Google Group. Or, get a question answered by an expert in the field. 

 

Join. 

If you have an interest in drones and unmanned aircraft, a passion for journalism, and are willing to abide by our ethical code, we are interested in adding you to our organization. Fill out an application online. 

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News
Flights beyond visual range still unresolved in US, PSDJ urged rulemaking committee to reccommend sensible regulations

Under the FAA's proposed rules, all small drone flights must be in visual range of the operator. The PSDJ recently presented an FAA committee with recommendations that would allow journalists to fly with greater range.

Proposed small drone rules give hope for drone journalism in the United States

No private pilot licenses, no aircraft certifications, no medical exams. That's the bottom line from the proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft systems.

PSDJ creates 3D models and maps of war-ravaged Donetsk Airport, using citizen groups' drone video

While satellite imagery is few and far between, drone-gathered maps and digital models of the Donetsk International Airport provide additional insight into the devastation following battles in eastern Ukraine.

FAA investigation finds Connecticut drone journalist was flying safely and legally

A FOIA request revealed that a drone journalist covering a fatal car accident in Hartford was neither flying recklessly, nor operating without FAA authorization. The journalist was fired from his job after police contacted his place of employment.

Independent operators, researchers lead drone journalism innovation, but regulations and media environment present challenge

Researchers note that regulatory progress in drone journalism is "resting largely on the continued push among a relatively few journalists and private citizens willing to risk the ire of the FAA to gather and share the news." 


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