Survey of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the Use of sUAS (Drones) as it Pertains to Newsgathering

NEW YORK, NY (March 18, 2015) The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) announces the launch of a survey of news gatherers concerning the FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) Regarding Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ( There are also a few questions on privacy related to a Notice for Comment in the Federal Register by the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) concerning Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Regarding Commercial and Private Use of UAS ( We invite everyone to participate who has an interest in safety and privacy pertaining to the use of sUAS for newsgathering.

This survey will help to provide valuable information regarding the proposed rules to support public comments to be submitted to the FAA and NTIA. The anonymous data gathered will be used to more effectively participate in the regulatory rulemaking and legislative process.

The survey was designed by Mickey H. Osterreicher, with input from Charles D. Tobin and Joel L. Roberson, both attorneys at Holland & Knight; Matt Waite, professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Mark E. Johnson, Senior Lecturer, Photojournalism, the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and Brendan M. Schulman, Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP.

The entire survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Mickey Osterreicher at [email protected] or call 716.983.7800

Please go to to take the survey.