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Articles by Matt Waite

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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“2019 will be academic data journalism’s Walden year. Those of us who care about this stuff are going to go off to a metaphorical cabin in the woods and think about what we’re doing. Deeply.”
“It’s the safest prediction I could make beyond the sun coming up in the morning: You won’t fix this.”
“There are still challenges, and we haven’t even talked about state and local laws that have been piling up while the FAA lumbered toward today. But the future of drones in journalism is much brighter today than it has ever been.”
An amendment would make newsrooms’ use of small drones legal in most circumstances, opening up a field that has been wrapped in red tape.
If you see a camera crashing from the heavens, chances are very good it wasn’t supposed to be there — journalistic intent or no journalistic intent.
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.”
“We will pass from the connections. It makes sense to fact-check a twerking video. Thankfully there’s no thundersnow.”
“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.”
You might think the principal coder behind PolitiFact took naturally to math. You’d be wrong.
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.