Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

ONA Austin: Drones! How can we use drones to report news?

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA Austin

The journalist community waited for some time for the FAA to clarify rules on how drones can be used in reporting, but now they are out. How do rules differ for journalists vs hobbyists? How might news organizations use drones in their coverage? Where can we fly and where must we avoid?

Chris Sherman of is a fine arts and commercial photographer who has brought us some stunning footage of our city.

Zach Ryall is a licensed pilot, drone enthusiast and the digital managing editor at the Statesman, which is beginning to use drones for journalistic purposes.

Dale Blasingame is a professor at Texas State University who is working drones into journalism classes.

Join us for an evening to talk about how we can use the skies in our reporting while staying on the right side of the regulations.

Note about parking: Because we want to fly these machines, we are in a different meeting space within our building. You’ll enter through the door on the northeast corner of the building, closest to both the river and Congress Ave. If you drive in at the Congress/Barton Springs entrance, make an immediate left into the parking lot that is along Congress. There should be signs directing you to a portion of the lot closest to the river, between the bridge and the building.

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Talk about how we can use drones in our reporting while staying on the right side of the regulations.


Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
7 pm



Austin American Statesman
305 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX