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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.
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit online news organization based in Austin, Texas, that focuses on political and civic issues. The site was founded in 2009 by venture capitalist John Thornton and former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith. Thornton raised $4 million in startup funds for the site, including $1 million of his own money…