Monthly Archives: June 2008

Juneteenth 2008- the Rebirth, Denver

Corrine McDermid shows us Denver’s revitalized Juneteenth festival. After plans for the celebration of African American freedom fell through last year, a coalition, including community activist Brother Jeff, and former Mayor Wellington Webb made sure that the same thing didn’t happen this year, creating a coalition to ensure the survival of this celebration commemorating Texas slaves learning of the Emancipation Proclamation about two years after the fact. Continue Reading →

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CO Senatorial Candidate Udall Talks Agriculture

Over lunch during the Colorado Livestock Association Convention, Congressman Mark Udall (who is running for the senate seat that will be left open by Senator Wayne Allard in the fall), spoke about issues important to Colorado, particularly ranchers and farmers. Potential energy sources and water issues, as well as the farming and ranching way of life, were dominant in his remarks. Continue Reading →

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CO Senatorial Candidate Udall Talks Agriculture

Over lunch during the Colorado Livestock Association Convention, Congressman Mark Udall (who is running for the senate seat that will be left open by Senator Wayne Allard in the fall), spoke about issues important to Colorado, particularly ranchers and farmers. Potential energy sources and water issues, as well as the farming and ranching way of life, were dominant in his remarks. Continue Reading →

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CO Senatorial Candidate Udall Talks Agriculture

Over lunch during the Colorado Livestock Association Convention, Congressman Mark Udall (who is running for the senate seat that will be left open by Senator Wayne Allard in the fall), spoke about issues important to Colorado, particularly ranchers and farmers. Potential energy sources and water issues, as well as the farming and ranching way of life, were dominant in his remarks. Continue Reading →

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Juneteenth 2008- the Rebirth, Denver

Corrine McDermid shows us Denver’s revitalized Juneteenth festival. After plans for the celebration of African American freedom fell through last year, a coalition, including community activist Brother Jeff, and former Mayor Wellington Webb made sure that the same thing didn’t happen this year, creating a coalition to ensure the survival of this celebration commemorating Texas slaves learning of the Emancipation Proclamation about two years after the fact. Continue Reading →

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Juneteenth 2008- the Rebirth, Denver

Corrine McDermid shows us Denver’s revitalized Juneteenth festival. After plans for the celebration of African American freedom fell through last year, a coalition, including community activist Brother Jeff, and former Mayor Wellington Webb made sure that the same thing didn’t happen this year, creating a coalition to ensure the survival of this celebration commemorating Texas slaves learning of the Emancipation Proclamation about two years after the fact. Continue Reading →

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Old Coal Plant Smokestack Detonated

Note: there are two camera angles of the drop – watch the entire video. Little known to the general public, in order to keep our “mainstream press license”, The UpTake needs to release a video of something exploding at least once per year. Here is our entry from St. Paul, MN. Xcel Energy has converted the High Bridge power plant from coal to natural gas in order to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate pollutants like mercury. Continue Reading →

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Old Coal Plant Smokestack Detonated

Note: there are two camera angles of the drop – watch the entire video. Little known to the general public, in order to keep our “mainstream press license”, The UpTake needs to release a video of something exploding at least once per year. Here is our entry from St. Paul, MN. Xcel Energy has converted the High Bridge power plant from coal to natural gas in order to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate pollutants like mercury. Continue Reading →

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Removing barriers to video for citizen journalists

Over the next few days I’m focusing on ways we can make this whole video coverage thing easier to do. The biggest barrier facing anyone wanting to do video citizen journalism is usually a technical one. How do I capture the video with my camera and then get it on to the internet? Any article about doing this can easily de-evolve into tech speak. Luckily the Knight Citizen News Network has put together a tutorial that covers this without going deep into geek speak. Continue Reading →

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Citizen Journalism Tools: 3 Most Common Errors When Shooting Video (And How To Avoid Them)

Cross posted from the TimeScape Media Forums
Automatic video cameras are great. But they’re not as smart as they should be. Otherwise they’d yell at you if you were shooting someone with a background twice as bright as the light on the person’s face. Until they make ‘em that smart, you’ll just need to remember to do a few simple things. 1) Zoom in on your subject and lock your focus. Continue Reading →

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City Pages: The UpTake Is Best

City Pages is recognizing what you’ve known for some time. In its annual best of the Twin Cities issue, City Pages named The UpTake as the Best Citizen Based Media Outlet. Read more about it here. We’re flattered and want to share the credit. Several names get mentioned in the article, but The UpTake is much more than the few people mentioned. Continue Reading →

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RNC I Approve This Message Videos

Minneapolis, June 25, 2008—Participate in activities surrounding this year’s Republican National Convention (RNC) and voice your opinion about today’s democratic process by submitting a video for I Approve this Message, (theunconvention.com/iapprove) a project of The UnConvention produced by the Walker Art Center (walkerart.org) and The UpTake (theuptake.org). Participants are invited to create short videos (maximum length two minutes) in response to the scripted nature of presidential nominations, political party conventions, and democracy in general. Entries ranging in opinion and vision, humor and insight are encouraged. Tag entries “iapprovethismessage2008” on YouTube and be a part of citizen-driven journalism. Workshops to learn videography, editing, and uploading will take place Thursdays, July 10 and August 7, and Saturday, August 16 (details follow). Continue Reading →

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What would you say tothe RNC?

Get involved. Give us your message on the national political conventions and submit a video to The UnConvention’s “I Approve This Message” project. Tag your video “iapprovethismessage2008″ and join the conversation! In this video we asked, if you could speak at the Republican National Convention, what would you say? We were at an arts festival in Minneapolis so most of the responses are politically left. Continue Reading →

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What would you say tothe RNC?

Get involved. Give us your message on the national political conventions and submit a video to The UnConvention’s “I Approve This Message” project. Tag your video “iapprovethismessage2008″ and join the conversation! In this video we asked, if you could speak at the Republican National Convention, what would you say? We were at an arts festival in Minneapolis so most of the responses are politically left. Continue Reading →

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