Press Releases: 06/23/14

CNN (1), MSNBC (1)



Beginning this summer, CNN and Georgia Institute of Technology will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be staffed by senior members of CNN’s newsgathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

The effort will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively in the national air space. CNN and Georgia Tech Research Institute plan to share their research data with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets.

“Our hope is that by working cooperatively to share knowledge, we can accelerate the process for CNN and other media organizations to safely integrate this new technology into their coverage plans,” said David Vigilante, CNN’s Senior Vice President, Legal. “It’s a natural opportunity to work with our neighbors at Georgia Tech, who have experience, expertise and insights into this area.”

“UAVs have a number of applications that benefit society, such as search and rescue, disaster response and agricultural mapping and crop assessment,” said Mike Heiges, Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. “We’re excited to be engaging with CNN to study the newsgathering applications for UAVs and look forward to working with one of the most respected news operations in the world.”



PROGRAM NOTE: MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” Presents Week-Long Series ‘The Invisible Us’

The Special Series Looks at Immigration Issues – June 23-27 at 4 p.m ET

NEW YORK – June 23, 2014 – MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” will continue its coverage on issues affecting the growing U.S. immigrant community with a special week-long series titled, ‘The Invisible Us’ airing this week June 23-27 at 4 p.m. ET.

The series will look at the 11 million undocumented immigrants building lives and having families in the United States. The series will focus on living conditions, organizing community infrastructure, and the increased number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

Confirmed guests for the series include Civil Rights activist Dolores Huerta, United We Dream’s Lorella Praeli, Mayors Arturo Garino, Alex Finter, and more.

Host Alex Wagner returns to the U.S./Mexico borders to file reports for the series. Last year Wagner traveled to the Arizona border town of Nogales and now, this series features stories from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. ‘The Invisible Us’ will also look back at Huerta’s historical perspective on the 1965 National United Farm Workers boycott.

For more information on NOW’s ‘The Invisible Us’, please visit


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