According to a report in Editor and Publisher, the Drone Journalism Lab released its operations manual as an open source, Creative Commons-licensed document. The 23-page guidebook (found at covers a range of issues including how to conduct a preflight briefing and ethical considerations journalists should review before flying a drone. This information may be useful by our members using the drones for news gathering purposes.

The MAB is working on state legislation that sets up a legislative drone taskforce to develop statewide policy recommendations on the use/operation of drones. The taskforce will include a representative from the broadcast industry to ensure that our industry’s concerns are addressed in any future drone related legislation/rulemaking.