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Here at the University of Missouri, you can take a class where you can learn how to fly a drone. But it’s not for the reasons you might think.

Students in the Science Investigative Reporting class fly drones near prairie fires and snow geese so they can really show what’s happening.

"Nothing is a replacement for knocking on doors, interviewing people, looking at data and just, like, putting the pieces together that way," said Brendan Gibbons, a senior in Science and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri. "But what this does do is provide a different, um, perspective on things from above."

Technically known as unmanned aircraft systems, drones capture video through a GoPro mounted with a kitchen sponge and rubber bands.

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