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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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. 



Get to know more than 300 people, in more than 35 countries who have joined the PSDJ at DroneJournalism.org. There is at least one member in each continent of the globe, except Antarctica.



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



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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Campaign promotes responsible drone use through high-visibility vests

The Professional Society of Drone Journalists announces a crowd-funding campaign to help sustain DroneJournalism.org by offering branded, hi-visibility vests to drone operators.

Q&A with the photographer who explored Chernobyl with a drone

Grossman is perhaps the only person to fly a drone inside one of the most radioactively contaminated sites in the world.

PSDJ now listed as resource on CASA website

Anyone can visit the CASA website and study up on the history of RPAS, the current RPAS regulations, and also learn how to become a certified commercial RPAS operator.

Citing concerns about overreach, PSDJ comments on FAA model aircraft rule interpretation

Many journalists consider deploying sUAS professionally after successfully mastering the basics of unmanned flight as hobbyists. Overly burdensome regulations for hobbyists will negatively affect our members who would seek to become responsible members of the UAS community. As such, we object to these proposed interpretations on two basic principles.

Crowdfunded drone journalism project will document industrial farms

It took just five days for Will Potter, a TED fellow and independent journalist based in Washington D.C., to surpass his $30,000 goal to fund a drone journalism project. What's particularly notable about this project, besides the novel funding model, is that Potter is hoping to shed light on factory farming practices with his drones.

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