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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.
Circa is a mobile-only app for reading news that presents stories as collections of facts from various sources. For its focus on presenting news the way readers want it on their phones—in short chunks, added to as a story changes—Circa has been hailed as an example of the “post-article” news world. Its minimalist design breaks…