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theuptake.org
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The UpTake is a nonprofit user-driven video news site based in St. Paul, Minn.

The site trains people in video-based journalism and publishes their work, often using crowdsourced assignments. It was founded in 2007 by Chris Dykstra, Jason Barnett and Chuck Olsen.

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.

The UpTake has partnered with MinnPost to raise money via the crowdfunding site Spot.Us for coverage of the Minnesota governor’s race.

Video: How The UpTake works:

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June 8, 2010 / Megan Garber
MinnPost, The UpTake try Spot.us to raise funds for their coverage of the Minnesota gubernatorial race — Interesting pitch on Spot.us today: With the cutback of political reporters at every major newspaper in the state, the need for more political coverage is clear, we will have a new Governor come November, and the citizen...

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: May 11, 2011.
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