The rise of drone journalism 2012-13 : the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) as airborne camera platforms by the media : potential newsgathering applications and the privacy, safety, regulatory and editorial implications of deploying this emerging technology

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2014
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- The ‘The Rise of Drone Journalism 2012-13’ examines the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) as airborne camera platforms by the media. Potential news-gathering applications and the privacy, safety, regulatory and editorial implications of deploying this emerging technology are analysed through a series of case studies. The research is based on a comprehensive review of public records, interviews with highly qualified informants and analysis of the growing public debate on the subject. The primary focus of the study is on potential use by Australian media, with specific reference to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC-TV). The thesis examines potential capabilities for news-gatherers working on high-risk assignments in conflict zones and in coverage of natural disasters. The author also provides a comparative study between the evolution of ‘drone journalism’ in Australia, and the emerging trends in the United States, where in 2012-13, the associated privacy and air safety issues were the subject of increasingly intensive debate and analysis.
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