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The UpTake is a nonprofit user-driven video news site based in St. Paul, Minn.
The UpTake receives its revenue from donations, as well as video licensing and syndication. Most of the site’s donations are small, but it receives funding from the Harnisch Foundation and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation as well. The site has several staff members, though as of 2009, only two were paid.
The site’s founders have backgrounds in liberal politics, and it was denied new space in the Minnesota State Capitol after two local media outlets expressed concern that it was a partisan news organization, though other media organizations defended the site.
Hearst Corp. is a privately held American media conglomerate. Hearst owns 15 daily newspapers, led by the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle. It also owns numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Seventeen, and O. Hearst also owns broadcasting and digital properties, including the search marketing firm iCrossing. Hearst shut down the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s…