Tuesday, December 13, 2011...9:00 am

The future of media: drone journalism

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We use them to help take out the Taliban’s leadership (with more or less accuracy) – but there is a more noble potential mission for the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Yes – drone journalism.

Get those radio-controlled suckers in the air and use their onboard cameras to help the fourth estate carry out its role to inform and serve the public.

It’s already happening – the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications is already expecting its first drone to practice highly targeted attack journalism at a range of targets.

Could this be the exciting future for hackery? Not probably for the kind of trade journalism you’ll see referred to in Freelance Unbound.

But I have to say, when I first saw the story I thought it was going to be about unmanned drones writing journalism. Which might improve the quality sometimes, I suppose…

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