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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 05, 2014

Drone Journalism Can’t Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

By Elise Hu

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Matt Waite (standing at right) leads the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

What was once experimental is now becoming more common: Journalists and photographers are increasingly putting small commercial drones in the air to shoot photo and video. But when they do, they're on shaky legal ground. Federal regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes — including reporting — as they work to write longer term guidelines on who can fly small drones, and where.










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