The UpTake’s Executive Director Jason Barnett: Still Making A Difference By Jason Barnett | January 7, 2014 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on The UpTake Subscribe to The UpTake Follow this author Jason Barnett/The UpTake 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. (THE UPTAKE WANTS YOUR COMMENTS: Comment on this story below!) Here are some of the highlights of The UpTake’s work in 2013: • The UpTake covered the historic push for same-sex marriage equality in Minnesota, from the political debates to the joyous celebrations. • The UpTake gave extensive coverage of the fight for tighter gun safety laws, from President Obama’s February visit and the showdown at the State Capitol to on-going efforts to improve safety. • The UpTake launched a series of Leadership Profiles looking at the work and passion of grassroots leaders advocating for their communities. • The UpTake provided much of the most meaningful coverage of the 2013 Minneapolis Mayoral election, focusing on live-streaming of candidate debates (we even produced our own debate!), and stories on how Ranked Choice Voting affected the race. • The UpTake covered the 150th anniversary of the Dakota (Sioux) Indian War, plus the local work for economic and racial justice, housing rights, immigrant rights, the environment, privacy rights and more. • The UpTake again was honored to help GiveMN produce Give To the Max Day, with record-breaking results. The traffic on our live video was three times the previous year’s, with around 65,000 unique viewers, helping GiveMN raise a record $19 million dollars. • Beyond all that, our YouTube channel exceeded 11,000 subscribers and we topped the 25-million views mark on our videos. We did all of that in 2013 – as always – without fear or favor, as an independent, non-profit truth-telling organization dependent upon your goodwill, your interest in the issues and your generous financial support. What is New? As The UpTake enters its seventh year, 2014 holds the promise of even better work and more impact ahead. Here’s some of what’s coming up: • A new web site! The UpTake recently launched a redesigned site we hope will be more user friendly, allow our readers to engage in discussions of our stories, and showcase our best work. Our new site is more easily viewed on your smart phones, too! Thanks to Garrick Van Buren for his excellent job updating our site. We’re using a WordPress backbone built by the Investigative News Network. • The UpTake is producing an original documentary about how marriage equality passed in Minnesota. It has been financed by our supporters as a Kickstarter project. Stay tuned! • The UpTake, with the financial support of The Joyce Foundation, is also producing unique video stories exploring the ways in which Ranked Choice Voting worked in Minneapolis in November – a national showcase for a voting system that improves elections. • We will again be inside the State Capitol in 2014, live-streaming and covering the issues that affect all of us. • Investigative news projects. Look for our first effort soon! 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 clicking on the DONATE NOW button below in order to help us continue in this important mission. Thank you, Jason Barnett Executive Director Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.