Accomplishments & Awards

The UpTake has been around since 2007. Every story we do is important, but wew are especially proud of doing these stories, and the impact they had:

  • Innovation during coverage of the 2008 Republican National Convention – Read more
  • Showing the whole story during the 2008-2009 Franken/Coleman recount and election contest trial. We live-streamed every moment of the historic trial. No other media did so. Read more.
  • Live coverage of the Minnesota Legislature —we do more live coverage than anyone.
  • Live coverage of the 2009 Copenhagen U.N. Climate Change Conference
  • Live streaming and transcribing every debate in the 2010 Minnesota Gubernatorial race so deaf and hard of hearing voters — ten percent of the electorate — could more fully participate. See the debates
  • Reporting that Minnesota gubernatorial candidates weren’t complying with state election law requiring their videos be closed captioned (the campaigns responding by captioning them.
  • Live-streaming the 2010 recount for Minnesota’s Governor between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer. Watch the coverage
  • Live-streaming the political uprising against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
  • Early and live coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement.


2012: The Freedom of the Press Foundation, saluting The UpTake for its efforts to promote government transparency and to hold power accountable, selects The UpTake as one of its first four recipients of crowd-sourcing assistance.

2010: The UpTake is awarded the Accessible News Outlet Media Excellence Award by the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.

2009: The UpTake wins a Page One Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for its live cell-phone video coverage of the Republican National Convention.

2009: The UpTake is listed as one of the Top 10 websites of 2008 by the Center for Public Integrity.