The panelists discuss whether media organizations should start using drones in their reporting, especially of breaking news.
Vince Duffy, Chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association, writes about drones in a recent column. He pointed out it is much cheaper to buy a drone than pay for a helicopter and pilot. The tool is already being used by some news organizations.
The panelists discuss a US Supreme Court ruling on whether people can record Illinois police officers performing their duties in public.
The AP reports the high court went along with a lower court ruling that found the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who make audio recordings of law enforcement officers.
The panelists talk about the future of journalism, focusing on one particular start up that has enjoyed some success.
An article in Columbia Journalism Review labels This Land Press as “…perhaps the best for-profit local journalism startup in the country…” The article said This Land is on pace to turn a profit by next spring, just a couple years after it started.