- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A coalition of major media outlets will study the best ways to incorporate drones into the field of journalism.

ABC, CNN, NBC, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Reuters and others have formed a group of 15 news outlets that will research drone technology, CNN reported Tuesday.

“This program will allow us to use these new tools safely and effectively while also benefiting from the many new angles of visual newsgathering,” said Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s vice president and director of global video.

The media companies plan on working with Virginia Tech to figure out the best way of using drones for “breaking news, gaining new perspectives, verifying information — and seeking government regulations that support those uses,” CNN reported.

The group will also attempt to influence the Federal Aviation Administration on regulations that affect the use of news-gathering drones.

Other members of the coalition include Univision, Fusion, Getty Images, Advance Publications and several local TV stations, CNN reported.

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