Resources on the ethics, development, and practice of drone journalism.
Working in an ethical manner is essential for professionals attempting to establish legitimacy in a new field. When organized as a code of ethics, these standards become the minimum expectations by which members of a professional organization should operate. It is the key to earning public trust and shielding professionals from the repercussions of unscrupulous actors. It is a contract among ourselves, and a commitment to the people we serve.
All PSDJ members are expected to abide by this code of ethics. In time, this will be replaced with a Wiki that will allow members to propose and pass amendments to this code. Read the current code of ethics here.
The Professional Society of Drone Journalists was founded in 2011. However, this document, signed in January 2014 by the PSDJ Board of Directors, legally established the name, purpose, and rules of this nonprofit organization.
What is the goal of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists all about? What do we hope to accomplish? What is drone journalism about?
The Board of Directors has prepared a sheet of critical talking points to help explain the aim of this international organization of journalists, educators, technologists, and drone operators.
Learn about the nuts-and-bolts of developing drones for journalism and track the latest advancements.
I’m not sure what sparked my interest in drones & aerial photography but I certainly remember when it happened. I was just getting to work just like any morning and stumbled upon an article on the Drudgereport that mentioned the potential use of drones by newsrooms. Maybe it was the fact that out of the five television stations I have worked for, not one had a helicopter. Aerial video was something competitors used for everyday traffic reports & breaking news. My station(s) just didn’t have that option.
Above is an aerial mosaic -- a series of 11 photos taken from a small unmanned aerial vehicle (colloquially known as a drone) that have been stitched together in a mosaiking program.
That program, Microsoft Image Composite Editor, is normally used to stitch together a series of sweeping photos taken from the ground to make a single panoramic image. However, the algorithm used to find and match the edges of a series of sweeping photos of, say, the Grand Canyon, is the same algorithm needed to fit photos together to make a map or similar map-esque image from aerial photos.
Despite JournoDrone 2 still being in the shop after its maiden flight, drone development is continuing onward and upward. Above is an aerial photo taken from my latest drone project, which has caused that previous drone to collect dust in the basement.
However, this new drone is superior in at least a couple of ways. One, it's much more stable in flight, thanks to its 68.5" wingspan. Its size also means it can loft a larger payload. The photo above was taken using an 11Mpx GoPro Hero 2, which is small, but has a not insignifcant weight penalty.