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The UpTake

The UpTake is a online news coverage on a low budget since.

Because of its role as a provider of citizen journalism, the UpTake is a not-for-profit organization. As such, many of its journalists have to rely on technology, such as cell phone cameras, technically outclassed by professional equipment. This financial disadvantage has spurred the UpTake to develop innovative methods of low-cost information gathering and reporting, such as live broadcasting from cell phone camera feeds.


Board Chair: Chris Dykstra Executive Director: Jason Barnett Executive Producer: Michael McIntee Chief Correspondent: Chuck Olsen Senior Political Correspondent: Noah Kunin Communications Director: Jennifer Whigham

The UpTake is led by board chair Chris Dykstra, executive producer Michael McIntee, and executive director Jason Barnett. Its staff includes many "everyday people" working as citizen journalists.

2008 Minnesota Senate election

The UpTake's profile increased dramatically during the disputed Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Al Franken's lead after the absentee ballots were sorted aloud was 223; the number appeared on breaking reports on other websites, including,[3] until an election official announced that Franken's unofficial lead was actually 225.[4]


The Center for Public Integrity listed the UpTake as one of its "Top Ten Websites from 2008".[5] In a tongue-in-cheek reference to an infamous ballot challenge by Republican candidate Norm Coleman's campaign, the list identified the UpTake as:

On January 18, 2011, the UpTake announced it had become the first online-only news organization to get a seat in the Minnesota Capitol press room.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Political Junkies Flock to Live Streaming of Senate Recount Proceedings
  2. ^ GOP's attacks on the UpTake: Another attempt to smear the process that may deal Coleman defeat?
  3. ^
  4. ^ Franken's Lead Over Coleman in Senate Race Climbs to 225
  5. ^ The Center for Public Integrity PaperTrail Blog - Our Top Ten Websites for 2008
  6. ^ Citizen Media Now Has A Seat In The Capitol Press Room

External links

  • The UpTake
  • About the UpTake
  • Nieman Journalism Lab. "The UpTake". Encyclo: an encyclopedia of the future of news. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
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