i: Such as the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University, The Virtual Reality Lab at NTNU, The Virtual Reality Laboratory at the University of Texas among many others.
ii: This is a rapidly evolving situation. One community-curated catalogue of VR equipment at http://virtual-reality.silk.co/ listed 35 panoramic cameras as of mid-July 2015, in various stages of development and production, with varying levels of functionality.
iii: There are many examples of journalism subsidized or funded by sources other than advertisers or end-users; public sector media, philanthropically-funded media, trust-funded media. NGOs and corporations also fund non-fiction work.