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Matt Waite is an instructor at the University of Nebraska and works with news organization under the brand Hot Type Consulting. He was the news technologist at the St. Petersburg Times, where he was the principal developer of Politifact, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
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They’re more permissive than some had expected: “Under this regulatory framework, every newsroom will have drones and people certified to fly them. They’ll just be part of the equipment.”
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“We will pass from the connections. It makes sense to fact-check a twerking video. Thankfully there’s no thundersnow.”
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“It’s a matter of time — and I think that time is 2014 — until a paparazzo with no training and a drone bought off the Internet crashes into a very pretty face.”
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You might think the principal coder behind PolitiFact took naturally to math. You’d be wrong.
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A new set of rules governing the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles for reporting is coming in the next few months. Here’s a preview.
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“Think it’s hard to adapt your content to mobile, tablet, and desktop? Just wait until you have to ask how this will also look on the smart TV. Or the refrigerator door. Or on the bathroom mirror.”
March 8, 2011
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