Drones. The military has them, police have them, in fact anyone with a couple hundred bucks to spare can have one – so it shouldn't be too surprising that journalists are starting to use remote-controlled eyes in the sky, too. As the Washington Times notes, the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska have each recently been awarded grants to explore the use of drones in reporting. Students at the latter's journalism school recently posted their first results, pictures taken from 400 feet of drought-devastated farmland.
The little planes' use in public is still limited by the FAA, which is studying the privacy implications of the fast-spreading technology. Heh. Privacy. What a quaint notion.