There are flight operations requirements just issued by the federal aviation administration.
The dos and don’ts were discussed in great detail during the excellence in journalism convention in New Orleans. The presenter was Andrew Seaman, chair of the SPJ ethics committee, to journalists from around the world.
- balance the need of the public’s need to know and the public’s right to privacy
- use drones to enhance and improve coverage
- use drones with a team of people
- document their use
- realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves
- avoid pandering
- realize that some people are uncomfortable with drones
- have ongoing discussions about the use of drones
- take care of the equipment
- use drones for uncover work
- use them just because you have them
- use them in unsafe weather
- use them to harass or invade privacy
- interfere with law enforcement or national disaster responses
- ignore the concerns of readers
- be stupid
"If we’re irresponsible, we lose privileges,” he added. More information is available at www.spj.org.