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 250 people, in more than 30 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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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.

Projector Drone: Can Drones Broadcast the News?

As a Board Member of the PSDJ and as part of the team at both I-Drone and SWARM UAV, I am lucky enough to work in the growing civilian UAV industry everyday.

The ‘Projector Drone’ that we have built in Melbourne, Australia, is one of my favorite in-house projects. It is providing to be a great opportunity to explore the role of drones beyond ‘eye-in the sky’ applications. In short our ‘Projector Drone’ does not record the world around it. It broadcasts onto it.

FCC's historic fine for GPS-jamming equipment is sign of hazards ahead for drones

A historic enforcement action by the FCC signals the seriousness of the threat to America's airwaves, and to any drones that may fly through it.

Film industry petitions to use drones, FAA says it will consider waivers

Today the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it was considering allowing the commercial film industry to operate small unmanned aircraft, after receiving petitions from seven aerial video and photography companies. These petitions may provide insight as to what small UAS rules could look like, when they are eventually proposed by the FAA.

Plant's blood dumping, uncovered by drone photos, will go without felony charges

A state district judge dismissed than a dozen felony charges for operators of a meat packing plant in Dallas.

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