News Making With UAVs

By Luke Geiver | January 15, 2015

If you thought the news that CNN was working to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into its day-to-day operations through a joint-venture with Georgia Tech Research Institute and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was big for the UAS industry, take a look at the news from today. A coalition of 10 news media outlets has formed to test the use of sUAVs for news gathering. The coalition will work with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a school that is part of the FAA-selected UAS test site called the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. The goal of the group is to find a way to enhance the use of UAVs into the national airspace while using them to help with news reporting in a safe, acceptable manner.

The coalition includes:

Advance Publications Inc. (Conde Nast Publications, American City Business Journals, Golf Digest Companies)

A.H. Belo Corp. (The Dallas Morning News)

The Associated Press

Gannett Co. Inc. (USA Today,

Getty Images Inc.

NBCUniversal (NBC News, The Weather Channel)

The New York Times Company

The E.W. Scripps Company (Scripps National Spelling Bee)

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (National news broadcasts)

The Washington Post