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Kim Hart Jul 20
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Drones may soon play bigger role in local news

AP

Journalists within five miles of a major airport will be able to get "instant authorization" to fly drones in controlled airspace, Poynter writes. This is good news for reporters who want to use drones for a birds-eye view of an unfolding story or to monitor areas of interest (a la the aerial photo of Chris Christie on a beach after closing beaches to the public).

Why it matters: "The single largest impediment to journalists using drones for breaking news is access to airspace," Matt Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, told Poynter. "When it can take months to get approval from the FAA, that just doesn't work for most news uses. This is a giant leap toward drones being a common part of your local news."