Press Release – 12/30/08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT BY THE UPTAKE
Video news site clarifies MN GOP Chair’s statements
ST PAUL [12/30/08] – Earlier today Ron Carey, Chair of the Minnesota GOP, called The UpTake, an online video news gathering organization, the “Official Communicator” for the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Mr. Carey’s statement warrants a small clarification.
The UpTake is not the “Official Communicator” for the Minnesota Secretary of State. The UpTake is currently providing an unedited switched video feed of Minnesota State Canvassing Board proceedings. The UpTake is also webcasting the feed live at its website, http://theuptake.org. The feed and webcast are free, public and available to any organization interested in obtaining it.
Many press organizations have already taken advantage of our pool feed. Outlets from the Pioneer Press to Fox News have requested the code for our live webcast. The UpTake is providing this service because the Capitol staff who normally provide both the video feed and webcast were not available. The UpTake volunteered to contribute equipment and technical personnel to continue to provide both. The office of the Secretary of State accepted our offer. This conversation was transparent and also streamed live online.
Jason Barnett, Executive Director of The UpTake, commented, “We are extremely pleased that the Chair of the Minnesota GOP watches The UpTake and was able to enjoy today’s State Canvassing Board hearing through our live coverage.”
About The UpTake ———————- The UpTake is a citizen-fueled video news gathering organization that uses the Internet as its broadcast medium. Since its inception, The UpTake has explored the frontier of social media and news gathering. The UpTake is a 501(c)4, non-partisan, non-profit organization that focuses on video news gathering, production and publication. The UpTake Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit, focuses on training people in the practice of participatory journalism. Our video coverage has been seen on CNN, MSNBC, PBS and has been prominently featured on You Tube. Donations to either organization can be made through our website at http://theuptake.org ###
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