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

Established in 2011, PSDJ 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.



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. 

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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.

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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. 


Immersive storytelling is the future for drone journalism Integrated PTZ

Despite highly-restrictive regulations, recent innovations point to a future where drones can provide the images and data to make "immersion journalism" possible. However, drone expertise will become less of a specialty, and more of an integral part of the digital journalist's toolbox.

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Drone journalism innovator: drone ban in Kenya hampers social good

In a place where news crews had been risking equipment and lives attempting to cover floods, Dickens Olewe's African skyCAM deployed drones to reduce the risk to reporters. Despite Olewe's progress in the field, on January 15, the Kenyan government instituted a general ban on private drone use.

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Conference will focus on drones as a tool to protect human rights

Many examples of humanitarian drone use, along with lessons gained from those experiences, are going to be explored during a conference hosted by the New America Foundation.

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House of Lords looks to media regulators for guidance on drone journalism

While acknowledging the drone is an important tool for journalism, members of Parliament in the United Kingdom stress the need for an open dialogue with the public on the pros and cons of media drones.

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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.