CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced they would study the safe use of drones in an effort to “speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering,” Brian Stelter reports.
“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,” CNN Senior Vice President for Legal David Vigilante said in a statement that Stelter quotes.
The program will begin this summer. The FAA’s planned rules for drone use have proceeded very slowly, even as media organizations have been ever more keen to use them. After a photographer for The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review posted a drone-shot video taken during his day off, saying such video was “currently in a gray area,” an FAA spokesperson told Poynter “There is no gray area.”