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#Podcast – Drone journalism: A look at flying cameras

August 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Podcast

This podcast looks at drone technology and when journalists can – and cannot – use unmanned copters.

We hear about the legal position in the UK and the US, the current technological possibilities and limitations, and the types of stories best suited to these flying cameras. We also hear when they might start to be regularly used by news outlets.

Journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to:

  • Professor Matt Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Thomas Hannen, senior innovations producer at the BBC Global Video Unit

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

You might also be interested in this feature on drone journalism we published in June.

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Richard Sambrook: John Birt criticised ‘He Said She Said’ formula 34 years ago

Prompted by Jay Rosen’s recent critique of the ‘He Said She Said’ news formula, Richard Sambrook, director of BBC Global News, offers his own take on balanced reporting on his blog.

Sambrook ‘agrees with the thrust’ of Rosen’s argument, ‘but was left uncomfortable’ for several reasons, outlined in his post.

Most interesting, is Sambrook’s reference to a critique against the formulaic approach of British TV news, made 34 years ago by John Birt, later director-general of the BBC, and Peter Jay, a Times columnist and later economics editor of the BBC. They called it ‘bias against understanding’. Birt’s argument shaped his later strategy:

“In the late 80s, instead of interviewing those caught up in the news, specialist correspondents would be interviewed to explain the significance of an event or a report. It was highly successful, building the reputation of BBC News as a quality, intelligent, authoritative service. It’s a model which persists to this day.”

Richard Sambrook’s full post at this link…

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