Twitter chat, podcast on drone journalism marked one-year anniversary of


What drone system are you running? Who's doing drone journalism? Drone journalism developers and members of the UAS community swapped info about drone systems, and exchanged ideas about how to cover the news with drones in a December Twitter chat.

The chat, which took place on the Twitter hashtag #DroneJChat on December 6, was meant to bring more people into the drone journalism fold, answer questions, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of

The chat included: Gary Mortimer, editor of; Ted Pretty, FOX5 Las Vegas meteorologist and drone journalist; Alexandra Gibb of the University of British Columbia Journalism program; Scott Pham, who leads KBIA's drone efforts; and Adam Popescu of the Muck Rack.

Gibb, a fellow developer, curated the conversation on Storify.

[View the story "#DroneJChat" on Storify]

Many thanks for everyone who participated in the chat.

That same day, was featured on podcast, hosted by RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association) president Patrick Egan. The podcast covered a lot of the basics about drone journalism, but also delved into regulations, the latest headlines involving drone journalism, and took estimate of where the field could go in the future.

You can listen to the the podcast on, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page.

The podcast had more than a million downloads in 2012, and recently was picked as a "featured host" on

In the near future, I hope to launch a newsletter and pull together another chat on drone journalism.

In the meantime, registration remains open for this organization. Simply send an email to me, at

We are looking to expand our network of people who are exploring avenues to integrate drones (unmanned aerial systems) into news reporting and investigations, and/or are actually developing the drones themselves. This doesn't mean anyone has to have a professional affiliation -- we are just as accepting of independent journalists and students.

We are also open to anyone who may not consider themselves journalists, such as independent UAS contractors who are looking for work in the media.

The only real requirement at this stage is some kind of connection to drones and an interest in news. We also ask our members to follow the code of ethics that is posted on our website (registrants are permitted to edit this document as the field grows).

Here's to a great start in 2012, and to a growing network of drone journalists in 2013.

Posted on January 23, 2013 .