Welcome to the Home of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ).

If you are a journalist (broadcast, print, interactive), journalism student/ professor/teacher or represent a media organization interested in the development of sUAS as a tool for reporting, please join us a member of PSDJ.

We offer:

• Updates on the development of all facets of Drone Journalism
• Technical safety, and Federal requirements which apply to sUAS
• Ethical standards for sUAS use in reporting
• Collaborative Peer Support –Interacting with PSDJ members who may be researching a similar applications

PSJD is dedicated to establishing the ethical, educational and technological framework for the emerging field of drone journalism. Developing and communicating small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) use for journalists and the best practices to deploy them for a variety of reporting; investigative, sports, local, disaster, weather, environmental reporting.

Anyone can apply for membership on this website. Media inquiries can be directed to Founder Matthew Schroyer, at mschroyer@gmail.com.
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  • First ever small business expo for unmanned systems brings experts to San Francisco Unmanned aircraft used to be the exclusive domain of large military contractors, until cheap electronics and the DIY movement changed the rules. Now anyone with a little electronics skills, a little ingenuity, and about $1,000 can cobble together a small unmanned aircraft system in their basement.This disruption has opened a door for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses to fill a variety of needs: agriculture, research, city planning, civil engineering, architecture, disaster response, transportation, journalism, environmental stewardship, and more. It's estimated the economic impact of this new marketplace could reach into the billions annually, and employ tens of thousands of people.Despite all this potential, there's been no conferences yet which cater to small businesses in ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2013, 6:52 PM by Matt Schroyer
  • DJI blocks flying above Tiananmen Square with software update A China-based manufacturer of small unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly called drones in the media, has instituted a "no-fly" zone over Tiananmen Square.DJI Innovations, the manufacturer of small consumer and professional drones for aerial photography, has placed a virtual fence around the city center in Beijing, China, within a software upgrade for its leading flight controller.In the release notes for the latest upgrade of its WooKong-M flight controller (PDF), DJI mentions "Flight Functions are restricted within the radius of 15Km from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China." DJI released the update yesterday.Ian Hannah, a registered pilot and operator of Avrobotics.ca, and a DroneJournalism.org member, said in an email that this development amounts to ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2013, 1:04 PM by Matt Schroyer
  • A scenic tour through Penn Charter, courtesy of Mike Levin's drone William Penn Charter School is one of the oldest and most successful private schools in the nation, regularly showing up on lists of prep schools who send the most students to Ivy colleges. It was one of the first schools in the nation to open its doors to girls, and all religious denominations and races, and one of the first to offer financial aid. Penn Charter also is the alma matter of Mike Levin, a dronejournalism.org member who I previously interviewed for the website. He recently donated to his school aerial photography and video of the school grounds. Levin's DJI phantom zooms above Penn's signs and sports fields, and captures poignant video of its belltower. Levin provided ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2013, 5:59 PM by Matt Schroyer
  • UAVs Pros Cons symposium puts unmanned aircraft into perspective Unmanned aircraft, more commonly referred to as drones, is perhaps one of the most widely covered and yet least understood technologies of our day. Depending on the news story you happen to read, drones are a harbinger of death hanging above suburban America, or beneficent robotic overlords who will deliver us all pizza. The purpose of the UAVs Pros Cons symposium in Toronto, which took place June 30 at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Business Management in downtown Toronto, Canada, was to provide an even-keeled discussion of the facts, fears, and hopes of this disruptive technology with experts. Ian Hannah, who operates unmanned aircraft for his aerial photography business Avrobotics.ca, gave an excellent introduction to drones ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2013, 5:34 PM by Matt Schroyer
  • Pakistan Khyber TV journalist, BBC producer, independent operators join DroneJournalism.org With these new additions, our roster at DroneJournalism.org grows to 48 members, and expands to two new countries (Thailand and Pakistan). I'm honored to mention the following new members to this organization: Jeff Zika is the owner and operator of JAZCAM Aerial Photography, providing custom-built multirotor and fixed-wing UAVs for aerial photography, along with mapping and engineering services. JAZCAM is an aerial photography and video business focused on the coverage of offshore marine events, especially sailing regattas, in southeast Asia. It also operates a multirotor film unit to provide contract news coverage for several television stations in Thailand. William Baucom is an FAA-certified commercial pilot and logistics specialist with expertise in radio-controlled aircraft, photography ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2013, 7:01 PM by Matt Schroyer
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