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The New Watchdogs: Keeping You Posted, by Jason Barnett, Executive Director of The UpTake

What has happened to local and state government reporting in a time of legacy media budget-trimming, staff cutbacks and a loss of commitment to fearless journalism and truth-telling? I’m sure you already know the answer, and it isn’t good. That’s why I have been invited to present a panel discussion at April’s National Conference for Media Reform in Denver in order to examine the debilitated state of local government reporting across the country, and to discuss ideas to strengthen it. The title of my session is, “The New Watchdogs: Holding Power to Account.” And yes, you bet, I believe that The UpTake is one of the best emerging models out there for making sure that the public interest is upheld in the corridors of power. We’ll be talking about the decline of “accountability reporting” — the worrisome state of local political reporting across the country during an era of for-profit media disintegration and disarray, as well as strategies to improve this crucial type of reporting. Continue Reading →

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First Day Highlights at Netroots 2010

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TheUptake.org interviewed 13 people on Thursday July 22 at NetRoots 2010. The complete interviews are at http://blip.tv/search?q=nn10&view=list&page=1
Highlights include Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, Ed Schultz, MSNBC Show Host, Krista Sinema, Arizona State Representative, Marcus Moulitsas, Daily Kos Founder and Sam Seder. Writer Producer Director Actor Continue Reading →

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