Monthly Archives: January 2014

Design for Public Good: An UpTake video wins praise from public design group


An eight-minute video from The UpTake’s co-founder, Chuck Olsen, and his company, VidTiger, has won notice for its skillful emphasis on the connection between good design and the public good. The UpTake is not only proud, we want to be sure our audience notices Chuck’s “mini-doc” film about the building of the Nyanza Maternity Hospital in Rwanda. Continue Reading →

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The UpTake’s Executive Director Jason Barnett: Still Making A Difference

Capitol View from The UpTake's Office

Dear friend and supporter of The UpTake:

For The UpTake, 2013 was an eventful and productive year that marked a transition to a deeper citizen-engaged journalism that brought additional recognition, a growing audience and a more solid role in telling the stories that make The UpTake unique and important. The year began on a high note, with The UpTake being honored by the brand new Freedom of The Press Foundation for its work. The Foundation’s Glenn Greenwald –- the journalist who broke the Edward Snowden NSA spying revelation – praised The UpTake for “breaking down walls of power … by pushing for transparency and access to information” in a way that serves as a model for “how to engage in real journalism.”

The UpTake pledges that we will continue to improve and expand our effort to keep you in the know -– and help you understand what it means -– by bringing you the truth as honestly and fearlessly as we can. With your help, The UpTake will continue to be on your side. Please consider making a donation now. Continue Reading →

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New Members Take Seats On Minneapolis Council; Mayor Vows To End Racial Gaps


A new era in Minneapolis and Minnesota politics began Monday (Jan. 6) as seven new City Council members — including the first Latina, the first Somali and the first Hmong-American to be elected to the 13-member body — were sworn in and new Mayor Betsy Hodges called for an end to the “gaps” between white people and people of color in the city. Continue Reading →

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