The UpTake Seeks Executive Director

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There is no more important time than right now to pay attention and keep track of what elected leaders are doing and report on the movements that are trying to influence their actions.

The UpTake is looking for a principled, resourceful and passionate individual to chart our pioneering organization’s next chapter. The UpTake has made a name for itself with fair, accurate and timely coverage of stories in our community that are so often under-reported by other media sources. We are looking to continue and expand our mission by hiring an executive director with vision and purpose.

The successful candidate must be passionate about media and the social change it can bring. We are looking for someone who can make connections and secure new funding sources, while at the same time keep an ear to the ground to make day-to-day decisions on important political and community events that cry out for public exposure.

This is your opportunity to shape and grow a pioneering online video news non-profit.

The Executive Director reports to, and is supported by, the board of directors who will work with the Executive Director on a strategic plan for the future of the organization that will set specific duties.

Duties may include:

  • Organizing and directing live video coverage of political debates, conventions and the Minnesota legislature.
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting our livestreaming equipment at the State Capitol.
  • Editing and writing text and video stories for our website.
  • Managing our social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (70 million views and counting).
  • Hiring writers and videographers.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Working with community trainers to conduct workshops on video, photography and writing.
  • Seeking sponsorships to pay for our live coverage.
  • Organizing our annual fundraising drives, including our “Give To The Max” fundraiser.
  • Coordinating with staff and Board in pursuing potential grant opportunities.

Experience needed:
Knowledge of journalistic principles, video production, social media and fundraising. Understanding the non-profit landscape a plus.

Additional info:
This is a part-time salaried position with compensation of $24,0000 per year.

To apply email a copy of your resume and a letter explaining why you want the position and your vision for the organization to mike.mcintee@theuptake.org

About us
The UpTake is an independent, non-profit (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.

Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota, but with a broad focus that has taken our staff from California to Copenhagen, The UpTake was baptized in the turmoil of the 2008 Republican National Convention and the prolonged 2008-09 recount battle between Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger (and eventual winner) Al Franken. The innovative and hard-nosed citizen journalists of The UpTake played a central role in bringing these history-making stories to a national audience.

The UpTake tells the stories of communities and people whose voices are seldom heard in the corridors of power or the legacy press, capturing the birth of the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Homes movements in the Twin Cities, ongoing labor and immigrant struggles and Minnesota’s somber commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Dakota Indian war, the execution of 38 Dakota warriors and the forced exile of the Dakota from their home.

For its groundbreaking work, The UpTake has earned a reputation for pioneering many of the new-media techniques that have become synonymous with citizen journalism -– live-streamed news events and public meetings, crowd-sourced reporting, and a social-media-driven audience base. This has brought recognition and awards from such groups as the Center for Public Integrity, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information and the Freedom of The Press Foundation.

The UpTake has championed First Amendment rights and freedoms, fighting and winning principled battles to gain access to news events, including a fight for recognition as a legitimate news organization with a right to office alongside members of for-profit media in the Minnesota State Capitol. We provide more live video coverage of the capitol than any other media in the state.

The UpTake believes an informed public is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and that social media, independent reporting and technological innovation hold the promise of bringing about positive change. The UpTake has helped make citizen journalism not only credible but also indispensable to anyone seeking the truth about the issues and events that both unite and divide our nation.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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