NPPA surveys use of drones in news gathering

The National Press Photographers Association launched a new study on the use of drones in news gathering in parternship with the Holland & Knight law firm.

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“Many people want to use these devices for newsgathering but are afraid to do so,” NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher said. “How media organizations along with individual journalists seek to have the government strike an appropriate and acceptable balance between First Amendment protected newsgathering activities versus safety and privacy concerns are questions we need to answer.”

The survey will be used to gather information for exploring proposed FAA policies regarding drone use for news gathering and how such use may be safely accomplished while also addressing privacy concerns. “The data gathered from the survey will be used to guide the next steps in effectively understanding and participating in federal and state legislation and rule making,” according to a news release on the NPPA’s website.

Anyone with an interest in drones is invited to participate in the survey, which you can access here.

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