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Responsible Drone Journalism

1st Edition

Edited by Astrid Gynnild, Turo Uskali


100 pages

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Camera drones provide unique visual perspectives and add new dimensions to storytelling and accountability in journalism. Simultaneously, the rapidly expanding uses of drones as advanced sensor platforms raise new legislative, ethical and transparency issues.

Responsible Drone Journalism investigates the opportunities and dilemmas of using drones for journalistic purposes in a global perspective. Drawing on a framework of responsible research and innovation (RRI), the book explores responsible drone journalism from multiple perspectives, including new cultures of learning, flying in lower airspace, drone education and concerns about autonomous agents and big data surveillance.

By widening the discussion of drone journalism, the book is ideal for journalism teachers and students, as well as politicians, lawmakers, drone developers and citizens with an interest in the responsible use of camera drones.


"With drones an everyday feature of life, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the challenges posed by the arrival of robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous agents in journalism. Astrid Gynnild and Turo Uskali’s engaging book considers the fundamental ethical, politico-legal (e.g., privacy) and socio-technical (e.g., surveillance) factors and contexts leading to the emergence and uses of responsible drone journalism. This book offers a useful framework to think about responsible research and innovation in media." - Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Director, Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota, USA

Table of Contents

  1. What is responsible drone journalism?
  2. Astrid Gynnild and Turo Uskali

  3. The first wave of drone journalism: From activism tool to global game changer
  4. Astrid Gynnild and Turo Uskali

  5. Dronalism, newsgathering protection, and day-to-day norms
  6. David Goldberg

  7. Transparency or surveillance? Dilemmas of piloting autonomous agents
  8. Deborah G. Johnson and Astrid Gynnild

  9. Drones, teaching and the explorative player-coach
  10. Turo Uskali and Astrid Gynnild

  11. Taking risks with drones: Responsible innovation pedagogy for media education
  12. Lars Nyre, Frode Guribye and Astrid Gynnild

  13. Three scenarios of responsible drone journalism

Turo Uskali and Astrid Gynnild

About the Editors


Astrid Gynnild is Professor and Principal Investigator of the ViSmedia project at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is also Head of the Journalism Program, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, at the University of Bergen. Gynnild has published widely in the field of journalism innovation, creativity and new visual technologies.

Turo Uskali is Senior Research Scholar and heads the Journalism Program, Department of Language and Communication Studies, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Uskali has published internationally over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing on innovations in journalism.

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


For more information on submitting a proposal for the series, please contact Bob Franklin at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies