CNN says it is joining the Georgia Institute of Technology for a research initiative to explore the media's use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
According to CNN, the project will help the groups better understand the opportunities UAVs present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. They will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively in the national air space.
The project team will be staffed by senior members of CNN’s news-gathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
The groups plan to share their research data with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets.
“Our hope is that by working cooperatively to share knowledge, we can accelerate the process for CNN and other media organizations to safely integrate this new technology into their coverage plans,” says David Vigilante, CNN’s senior vice president, legal.
In May, law firm Holland & Knight LLP filed a brief on behalf of 14 news media entities that argued drone journalism is a First Amendment right.