Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have received a $50,000 grant to study the effectiveness of drones as a news-gathering tool.
The project will include live experiments and research into the legal and ethical concerns of using the unmanned vehicles in journalism. The university's Drone Journalism Lab was created in November as part of a broader strategy to innovate the profession.
The project is headed by University of Nebraska professor Matt Waite, who works in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and three undergraduate students.
Waite says journalism is evolving rapidly, and journalism education must evolve with it.
The grant comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.