Our New Experiment: The Minnesota Legislature

Hello, UpTakers! If you haven’t been watching lately, you’ve missed out: we’ve been broadcasting the Minnesota Legislature live, live-tweeting the sessions (on our UpTake MN account – http://www.twitter.com/uptakemn), and producing pieces featuring debates, quips, silly moments and serious oratory. As you saw with the Coleman v Franken trial, government is thrilling. (I think you’ll find yourself getting sucked into this coverage as you did with the trial.)

And just like the trial — in true UpTake style — we need your help! Here’s what we’re looking for:

Watching the Coverage


In order to find the gems, we have to watch the coverage and take notes — via Twitter or the Live Blog. You’ll watch the coverage, and note the following things: what topic/bill is being discussed, if the bill passes or doesn’t pass, and the interesting quips, speeches and witticisms along the way. Check our http://www.twitter.com/uptakemn for an example of what we’ve been doing so far. This is easy, can be done from home, is more fun then you’d think, and immensely helpful to us. The MN Senate and House have ever-changing schedules, but the shifts would look like this, more or less:


8 AM – 12 PM

12 PM – 4 PM

4 PM – 8 PM

Last day of the session is May 18th, though they may go into special session. If you aren’t available for an entire shift, let us know and we’ll work around your schedule.


If interested, e-mail Jennifer at jennifer.whigham@theuptake.org for more details.

Editing the Coverage


Do you have a broadband internet connection? Do you have a Mac or Quicktime Pro on a PC? Our distributed video newsroom needs your help. This work would involve taking large video files and cutting them down into manageable chunks. This is quite easy after some training and extremely helpful. Available editing shifts:


12 PM – 2 PM

2 PM – 4 PM

4 PM – 6 PM

6 PM – 8 PM


Please email noah.kunin@theuptake.org for more information and to sign up!

This is a fun, easy way to get involved in another of The UpTake’s grand experiments. Even if you’re not from Minnesota, this is a great way to help build a model for future coverage in other states and nationwide.

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