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 150 people, in more than 25 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
Study shows most Americans are wary commercial and personal drones

Americans are optimistic about flying robots providing a public benefit in the long-term, but currently are against wide commercial and personal use, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Drone photographer charged with felony for allegedly interfering with medivac

A Springfield, Ohio-based videographer who deployed a drone at the scene of a car accident has been charged with obstructing official business.

Aerial photography assignment turns into public outreach with drones

Caleb Scott, a Kansas City-based owner of Birds' Eyes Aerial Media and board member of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, recently set out on a three-day aerial photography assignment. When a hotel owner took notice of his equipment, Scott took some time to show his small drone in action.

Station in South Africa said to be experimenting with UAVs for traffic reporting

Looking for a low-cost alternative to a manned news helicopter, a broadcast station in South Africa has announced it intends to deploy unmanned aircraft systems specifically to provide updates on traffic.
 

Two recent, very different, instances of drones deployed in dangerous situations

In one case, a drone allowed a photographer to peek inside a volcano. In another, it put emergency responders at risk.


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