College looks forward to aerial view
5:21 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

WIU School of Ag Flying High with New Drone

The drone has six engines, camera and video capabilities and a 15 minute battery life.
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture will see things from a new perspective thanks to some new technology.

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Shop Talk – May 20
1:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Preventing Journalists from Using Drones

The Shop Talk panelists discuss an FAA ban on the use of drones by reporters.  Some journalists believe this is a First Amendment issue.

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Federal Rules Forthcoming
1:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You?

Agriculture consultant Chad Colby shows a room of Midwest farmers how GPS can control a high-definition camera attached to a UAV.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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New Illinois Law
6:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Regulating Police Use of Drones

A drone
Credit americanlivewire.com

Illinois police departments will be restricted in how they can use drone aircraft under a new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

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Shop Talk – February 12
11:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Nova & Drones

The Shop Talk panelists discuss complaints about a Nova special about drones that was underwritten by Lockheed Martin, which is a drone manufacturer.

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) complained the situation violated PBS’s guidelines concerning sponsorship and conflicts of interest.

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Shop Talk – December 11
2:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Using Drones to Cover News

The panelists discuss whether media organizations should start using drones in their reporting, especially of breaking news.

Vince Duffy, Chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association, writes about drones in a recent column. He pointed out it is much cheaper to buy a drone than pay for a helicopter and pilot. The tool is already being used by some news organizations.

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