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Respect in Reporting at The UpTake Institute

Guest blog post by Dr. Cara Lisa Berg Powers, Co-Director of Press Pass TV.Last week I had the incredible honor and pleasure of spending the day with the inaugural class of The Uptake Institute Conflict Sensitive Journalism Fellows. This groundbreaking pilot initiative in the Twin Cities is working with a talented group of journalists to examine and deepen best practices for covering complex and intense situations with sensitivity, cultural competency, and an analysis of the ways that journalism impacts the communities it serves. As you can imagine, I was very excited when our friends at the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism (BINJ) introduced us to The Uptake and connected their fellowship to the ideas behind our Respect in Reporting Campaign. Here’s a little more about the Fellowship (emphasis mine):

The fellowship serves as an incubator for conflict-sensitive journalism—an approach to journalism that emphasizes understanding, solution finding and peace building within communities and our state. Conflict-sensitive journalism borrows from conflict resolution research and practice to help journalists understand the many types of conflict—political, social, economic, cultural, religious—that they cover on a daily basis. Continue Reading →

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Privacy Watch Dog: State Cops Are Tracking Your Cell Phone


From UpTake contributor Rich Neumeister, at Open Secrets

Since 2005, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has paid nearly $750,000 for what they call a “cellular exploitative device.” After the state’s top cop agency got their new spy tool, the Hennepin County Sheriff had to get one, too. In 2010, Hennepin County got a similar evice for nearly $400,000. The BCA wants to keep you from knowing about these secret tools. They have pulled a shade of “total” secrecy, a blackout. Continue Reading →

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