missouri drone journalism program

10:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Missouri Drone Journalism Program to reconfigure goals after FAA letter

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As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.
Through the eight months the Missouri Drone Journalism Program has operated, we've flown under the guidelines the FAA has set down for remote control aircraft. Those guidelines are generally as follows: a pilot may not fly above 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports. A pilot may not fly beyond his range of sight,...
Missouri Drone Journalism Program
7:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Northern states enjoy an oil boom with free Missouri River water [video]

Natural gas burns in a flare near Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota. Drilling companies in the area often consider the gas a waste product and dispose of it by burning.
Credit Brendan Gibbons, / Missouri Drone Journalism Program

  In North Dakota’s arid badlands, huge tanker trucks rumble along the hundreds of new dirt roads that web the mottled landscape. They roll over slotted metal grates that keep cows from wandering onto drilling pads. A metal sign pockmarked with bullet holes reads, “Little Missouri National Grassland: Land of Many Uses.”

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Archaeologists unearth more clues from ancient Cahokia civilization

Archaeology students from Italy sift soil for artifacts at the Cahokia Mounds
Credit KBIA

On a blustery day in April, Italian archaeology student Marco Valeri stepped into an archaeological dig at the Cahokia Mounds

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Agriculture
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Tiny variations the key to better wheat at MU research farm [video]

Each section (marked out in brackets) represents a different variety of wheat.
Credit Cade Cleavelin / KBIA

At MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center, researchers are testing thousands of genetically unique variations of wheat. They'll ultimately insert the best of them into the market as more productive, profitable wheat varieties.

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Agriculture
4:17 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Field Notes: Using drones to capture a prairie burn in Missouri

Brendan Gibbons uses a drone to capture the controlled burn at Tucker Prairie near Kingdom City, Mo.
Scott Pham/KBIA

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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Harvest Public Media
3:49 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Flames fuel prairie revival [video]

The size of Tucker Prairie has been slightly reduced since the construction of I-70; the area is 145 acres.
Brendan Gibbons KBIA

As a north wind rippled through the native grasses of Missouri’s Tucker Prairie on a sunny afternoon in April, the burn was about to begin.

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Politics
9:50 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mo. House endorses anti-drone measure

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

The use of manned or unmanned aircraft for criminal investigations or surveillance of farms would be barred in Missouri under a bill advanced by the House without receiving prior consent.

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Agriculture
2:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Why are there 50,000 snow geese in mid-Missouri?

Birds flock at the 4,400-acre Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.
Sally French Missouri Drone Journalism Program

On Saturday as many as 50,000 snow geese congregated at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a 4,400-acre wildlife refuge southwest of Columbia.

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