Three ways drones are changing the world of journalism.

They’re agile, versatile, fairly affordable to operate and capable of capturing powerful footage from unusual vantage points. It’s no wonder that drones have become a storytelling tool of choice for journalists and media houses around the world. In fact, UAVs have such great potential to enhance the coverage of news and events that there’s a whole new field – drone journalism – dedicated to their use for reporting purposes.

In today’s post we look at a few ways that drones are currently transforming the world of journalism.

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HOW DRONES ARE CHANGING THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM

1. TAKING STORYTELLING TO NEW HEIGHTS

Because drones enable journalists to capture images and shoot videos from the sky, they add a whole new layer to stories and give viewers a unique perspective on the topic being covered. Historically, reporters would have had to use helicopters if they wanted to, for example, capture the scale of the damage caused by a wildfire or the sheer number of people participating in a protest; UAVs now make it much easier, and much more affordable, to report on these kinds of scenarios from a bird’s eye view, and the footage captured is typically of a much higher quality. Similarly, drones are a highly effective way to cover sporting events in real time, and they can even be used to create 3D images and virtual reality content. Put simply, UAVs significantly expand the storytelling possibilities for journalists, while enabling professionals to communicate information in completely new ways.

2. MAKING WORKING CONDITIONS SAFER FOR JOURNALISTS

Journalism can be a dangerous profession. In order to get a story, reporters occasionally have to travel into high-risk areas (war-torn countries and crime-ridden neighbourhoods, for example) or traverse fairly hostile terrain. But with the help of a drone, they can easily gather the information they need and capture high-quality shots without having to physically enter a hazardous zone. Thanks to UAV technology, journalists can, for instance, get up-close-and-personal with an active volcano or explore a building that’s just collapsed while remaining on safe ground. It also means that correspondents can now access and report on areas and entities that were previously inaccessible.

3. ENHANCING INFORMATION-GATHERING EFFORTS

Drones are capable of carrying more than just cameras and video equipment. They can also be fitted with sensors of various types that are capable of measuring anything from heat patterns and radiation to air pollution and crop health. This way, UAVs can be used in the research stage to collect information required for stories, particularly in the realm of investigative journalism. Of course, journalists would have to adhere to strict regulations and respect others’ privacy rights while gathering data, but the potential for use in this department is still significant.

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