Drone journalism in Sri Lanka and other regions is increasing capacity for documenting hard to capture events such as severe drought, evictions due to urban development
, and evidence of corruption
. Sanjana writes that using drones for journalism helps counter, “historical narratives written solely by those in power,” and can be a method for individuals and small organizations to hold governing bodies accountable.
Groundviews’ workshops for journalists, activists, hobbyists and commercial drone operators focus on how new perspectives from the air can bear witness to these often hidden issues. In January 2017, Groundviews led a groundbreaking workshop
facilitated by the Government Information Department and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. Around 30 members of mainstream media, including private TV stations, photographers, and drone re-sellers participated in the full day workshop that included a practical session for those who had never handled or flown a drone.