Innovation in 2017

Drones are the eyes for journalists

Written by Oliver Haig

Technology is saturating our professions all around the world. Replacing the jobs of yesteryear and revising them with new and revolutionised machines and skilled workers has changed the workforce spectrum completely. Encompassed in this movement is Journalism whereby the effects and tremors of technology have changed the duties of journalists and the tasks they endure to find newsworthy stories; now requiring drones.

The usage of drones has become particularly common across news organisations in recent times. Replacing the traditional TV camera or helicopter, news organisations such as ’60 Minutes Australia’ and other investigative programs have utilised drones as supporting material often revealing the scale of the story that is being spoken. It has become an excellent tool in depicting a scenario that wouldn’t do justice in written form. The usage of drones has helped capture the essence stories, whereby their capabilities allow seamless imagery. Moreover, the mobility and functionality of drones have benefits for journalists whereby they can access film both mesmerising and outlandish from unseen heights. With the introduction of drone usage into journalism practice, the eyes for journalists can now go much further than would have previously done.

This modern dimension of news coverage is becoming more commercialised now featuring in nightly news programs; ABC describing to be “drone journalism”. Drone journalism is also becoming increasingly important given its access to vision that would normally be too difficult to view. The drone movement has provided journalist with greater opportunity to reveal information or photography where the agility of the device can accommodate into difficult terrain and variances in height.

Drones have become the pinnacle of modern day videography and it is through this notion that allows journalist to capture their stories at new heights and perspectives. In this technological driven globe, drones have revived journalism from an overdose of ageing and deathly medicine and placed it into the 21st century.


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Oliver Haig