The event was aimed at journalists from the programme and also from outside, including the Sri Lanka College of Journalism, mainstream media, freelance journalists and civic media, around the ethical, rights based use of drones for journalism, also in compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority’s regulations from February 2016.
The Q&A session after the presentation focussed on rights, the ethics around the use of content and footage, the tensions between public interest versus private property and the right to privacy, the technical capabilities of consumer grade drones, specific points of the CAASL regulations and indeed, as has been previously noted, the lack of awareness amongst journalists of how best to use a drone in their reporting.
As I tweeted,
As award winning journalist Amantha Perera tweeted soon after,
As part of the presentation, a short video, showcasing some of the best footage from a recent OneSriLanka Fellows field trip to Polonnaruwa, Welikanda, Batticaloa and Kattankudy, was shown. This footage has to date been used in Lankadeepa, BBC Sinhala, Daily Mirror, Roar.lk reports in Sinhala and English, amongst other sites and publications.
These are the first reports in Sri Lankan media that use drone footage in a manner that sets an example for others, across the media landscape, to follow.
- Kattankudy getting bigger as garbage silts lagoon (Daily News)
- In Drought-Stricken Welikanda, Water Is A Luxury (Roar.lk)
- යුද්ධයෙන් බැට කෑ කාත්තන්කුඩි ජනතාවට කුණුවලිනුත් බැට (Lanka E News Web)
- යුද්ධයෙන් පසු කුණුවලින් බැටකන කාත්තන්කුඩිය (BBC Sinhala)
- ඔක්කොම කුණු කාත්තන්කුඩි කලපුවේ (Lankadeepa)
- මිනිහාත් අලියාත් අලි අමාරුවේ : වැලිකන්දට බොන්න වතුරත් නෑ (Lankadeepa)
- නියඟයෙන් පීඩා විඳින පොළොන්නරුව (BBC Sinhala)
- கழிவுகளால் அச்சத்தை எதிர்நோக்கியுள்ள காத்தான்குடி.! (வீடியோ இணைப்பு) (Virakesari)
- And from Roar.lk again, a video on deforestation in Sri Lanka.