I love GoPro.
I want to make that clear before I continued writing. GoPros are great at getting action and point-of-view shots that would be almost impossible to get with, or severely damage, a normal camera. The visuals can be stunning and provide images many other people would never get to see otherwise.
GoPros are just incredibly versatile and slick.
It's only natural that GoPros would find their way into news departments. Many news stations have quite a few GoPros on hand for their crews to use. I have used them for a number of stories: strapping one on the wing of a jet, on a ceiling to show the flame spread of adding water to a grease fire, on a car to later time-lapse a journey, and on and on.
Then there is problem of using a forced POV shot. I have seen some reporters and photographers attach a GoPro to just about anything to get a POV angle for their story. A lot of times it doesn't make sense, and the same video could be captured with a regular camera. Heck, I've seen a photographer attach a GoPro to the lens of his camera!
It should be fairly simple logic - if you can get the shot with a camera do not use the GoPro.
Let's analyze some scenarios to see when it is appropriate to use a GoPro or a regular camera.
Scenario 1: Shooting someone's fingers typing on a keyboard. GoPros are smaller and you could simply set it on the side of the keyboard and get the shot - but that's lazy shooting. The same shot can be achieved with a regular camera, so please take some time and set it up.
Scenario 2: Attaching a GoPro to a hockey stick or some other object to track action. This one is tricky. Obviously using a camera is impossible because of the size. However, is this shot really necessary for the story? Or is it just going to look cool and that's why you're using it? The POV should enhance the story. For example, attaching it to a hockey stick because the story is about that hockey player's skills - use the GoPro! The shot is about the story. If the story is about an ice rink and a hockey player happens to be there - don't use the GoPro. I know the shot will be different, but it's not necessary. Now, if you are going to make that hockey player the main character of the ice rink story, then it would be GoPro appropriate.
Scenario 3: Covering a firefighter training exercise. This a situation where it is using a GoPro works for the story. Placing a GoPro on a firefighter provides a great POV about the story that's being told. While a photographer could get suited up and follow the firefighters in and record their actions, it isn't always safe and the story is about firefighters training.
Of course these are just my opinions, and people are going to do what they want, however using too much GoPro video takes away some of the novelty when it does get used. Mix it up. When in doubt just remember what parents say to their daughters about using make up: less is more.