With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Bush Foundation, The UpTake will be engaging the public through live town halls and web video shows with the goal of finding solutions to Minnesota’s thorniest problems. The town halls and shows will help document ideas to help Minnesota. The UpTake and its professional and citizen journalists will follow-up and report on the best ideas and conversations.
“The UpTake has always focused on storytelling from the grassroots, so using The UpTake to look to Minnesota’s rich and diverse communities to find leaders and ideas to solve Minnesota’s big problems makes perfect sense,” said The UpTake’s Executive Director Jason Barnett. “These shows will be live and interactive. We’ll be using the same live video streaming technology we used to cover 27 gubernatorial debates and forums last year to cover discussions about how to solve some of the big problems facing schools, businesses and local governments.”
“We’re extremely excited about working with the Bush Foundation on this project,” said Barnett. “It not only allows us to expand our coverage in Minnesota, but it’s focused on finding solutions instead of soundbyte politics.”
The UpTake is a non-profit non-partisan news organization that uses the Internet as its broadcast medium. Since its inception in late 2007, The UpTake has explored the frontier of social media and newsgathering. The UpTake uses a large, national network of professional and volunteer journalists to publish work on its own website, a large Twitter network, partnerships with You Tube, affiliated media outlets in the Media Consortium, the BBC, CNN and others. The UpTake is considered a pioneer in online live-broadcast participatory journalism.
The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. The Foundation strives to be a catalyst to shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, by investing in courageous and effective leadership that significantly strengthens and improves the well-being of people in these areas.