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CNN announces launch of drone-based newsgathering division

The technology behind "CNN AIR" has already been used in the network's coverage of LA flooding, DNC and RNC


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 19, 2016 4:20PM (UTC)

On Thursday, CNN announced that it had created a division of Aerial Imagery and Reporting (AIR), which will feature two full-time drone operators whose jobs it will be "to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms."

CNN has already employed the technology on a limited basis during the current flooding in Louisiana, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and Anderson Cooper's coverage of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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All of that reporting was done under the aegis of the Federal Aviation Administration's "Pathfinders" program, the goal of which is primarily to discover how drones -- or "unmanned aerial systems," as CNN prefers to call them -- can be safely integrated into American airspace. The network will continue this work, as well as its partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

“CNN’s cutting-edge development of technology to enhance the way we tell stories is a part of our DNA," Terence Burke, Senior Vice President of National News, said in a statement. "We are proud to continue the tradition with CNN AIR, and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for newsgathering."

CNN AIR will overseen by CNN’s Senior Director of National Newsgathering Technology, Greg Agvent.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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