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Drones and Journalism
How the media is making use of unmanned aerial vehicles

ISBN 9781138668782
Published February 16, 2017 by Routledge
124 Pages

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Book Description

Drones and Journalism explores the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, by the global media for researching and newsgathering purposes. Phil Chamberlain examines the technological development and capabilities of contemporary drone hardware and the future of drone journalism. He also considers the complex place of the media’s drone use in relation to international laws, as well as the ethical challenges and issues raised by the practice.

Chapters cover topics including the use of drones in investigative reporting, in reporting of humanitarian crises, and the use of this new technology in more mainstream media, like film and TV. The book also presents exclusive interviews with drone experts and practitioners and draws on a wide range of disciplines to put the practice into a historical, political and social context.

Professionals and students of Journalism and Media Studies will find this an important critical contribution to these fields, as Phil Chamberlain astutely charts the rise of the reliance on drones by the media worldwide.

Table of Contents


  1. History and discourse

  2. Technical and business

  3. Flying into the mainstream

  4. Covering crisis

  5. Investigations and activism

  6. Drones in the classroom

  7. Ethical and legal

  8. Over the horizon


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Phil Chamberlain is Associate Head of Department for Broadcast & Journalism at the University of the West of England, UK. He has 20 years’ experience as a journalist, and has worked for UK national newspapers on investigative projects. He is the co-author of Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists (2015).