What's the first big purchase you make, after you graduate from one of the country's first drone journalism programs? For Sally French, it was a DJI Phantom and a GoPro HD camera. French, a reporter for the Orange County Register, uses her recently-acquired equipment to publish aerial photos, videos, and stories about her experiences as a drone hobbyist and a journalist on thedronegirl.com.
She recently freelanced a story for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) about why she went all-in with her purchase of a personal drone. Here's a snippet of what she wrote:
French, who is a member here at DroneJournalism.org, also recently interviewed Aaron Broide, the CNN producer who hacked together a drone to report on the aftermath of the 2012 Tuscaloosa tornado outbreak. He likely was the first journalist in America to have used a drone for a news report. This story and more is posted on her website.