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BBC CoJo on the possibilities for ‘drone journalism’

The website for the BBC College of Journalism published an interesting post on Friday by BBC world affairs producer Stuart Hughes, which looked at how news organisations could use drones as “newsgathering tools”.

According to Hughes, “in theory” the aircraft could be a useful tool for news outlets keen to get a bird’s-eye view of certain news events, such as protests.

Photographers covering election demos in Moscow also deployed a UAV – prompting some onlookers to suspect they had spotted a UFO over the Russian capital.

The resulting images were widely used by international news organisations – including the BBC.

However, Hughes said that in reality regulations would make it difficult to operate the aircraft “in built up and congested areas – exactly the sort of places where most news stories take place”.

Understandably so – no news organisation would want to deal with the legal consequences if its unmanned camera crash-landed onto the head of a peaceful protestor.

But nevertheless he is “excited by the prospect of using Big Boys’ Toys as part of our newsgathering”.

It may be some time yet before drone journalism becomes commonplace but, potentially, the sky’s the limit.

Read the full post here.

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MinnPost: WCCO TV’s ‘The Wire’ lets audience in on the story

Minneapolis-based television station WCCO TV has launched a new interactive, online news feature allowing its audience to participate in stories. The Wire was previewed last October, and is now online in beta.

Here’s how it works: A WCCO reporter or staffer kicks off a story in the timeline. As the story unfolds, updates are done, but where it gets interesting is this: We — formerly known as the audience but geared to be highly participative in today’s online world — are able to submit relevant perspective, information and media we capture digitally and report on the story!

Full story at this link…

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Mashable: How to track Gaza news using social media

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A collection of sites and tools you can use to track news from the conflict in Gaza. Full story…

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