The UpTake board of directors has named Jeff Achen as the new executive director for the nonprofit online news organization. The change in leadership comes at time when journalism continues to evolve and opportunities increase for citizens to participate in journalism and in their democracy.
“Jeff comes to The UpTake with a strong background in journalism and deep connections with the nonprofit community,” said The UpTake Board Chair Tom Elko. “We are fortunate to have found a leader with a passion for empowering citizens through the use of video and the commitment to journalistic quality.”
Achen will work with The UpTake board of directors in the coming months to develop a strategic plan and raise support to maintain and strengthen The UpTake’s live video coverage of news events and public meetings. There will also be a renewed focus on empowering citizen journalists to harness the power of mobile technology, video and social media to seek the truth and report on the issues, events and conflicts in their communities, state and nation.
Achen brings considerable experience to the position. He is a Navy veteran and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer; has worked in television, print, and online news; and currently owns a video production and photography company. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Professional Journalists and former Minnesota Pro Chapter board member. Additionally, he spent the last four years helping nonprofits raise money online as a digital strategist for GiveMN.org.
About The UpTake
The UpTake is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 online news organization that began its work in 2007 with a few simple ideas: that media should find and tell the truth without fear or favor; that citizens have the tools to report and explain events without relying on news controlled by large corporations; and that it is the duty of citizens to hold power accountable and to make government transparent to the governed. Learn more at theuptake.org.