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Why are corporations spending so much money at the Democratic National Convention? Why is there such a massive media investment, when we already know the outcome? Why is The UpTake here? Let's all find out, together, with this tongue-in-cheek preview of our coverage.
In all seriousness, we're sending out quite a few citizen journalists to find stories that matter. Watch for those stories, and live coverage, on theuptake****.y
Script:You may have caught our live coverage of the Republican National Convention. We seemed to have cameras where ever the action was and were reporting what was happening hours if not days before the legacy media.So how did The UpTake, a non-profit that operates on a shoestring and the kindness of donors, manage to out-do the multi-million dollar corporate media? Simple: Train, Organize and Crowd source.We discovered people learn the most when we do hands-on, one-on-one sessions to cover the basics. Most important was to give people feedback on what they did.Now you have a bunch of people who can run a camera and want to cover news. Thats great! But what are they all going to do? This is where applying the same organization techniques used in political campaigns comes into play.We turned to free services available on the web to keep track of volunteers, story ideas, events and of course equipment. The challenge was to connect volunteers with story assignments and equipment. We didnt have our own equipment to start, so we created a database of equipment our volunteers owned and were willing to lend out. We let people submit story ideas to our website.The hard part was finding volunteers to cover those stories. So we put one person in charge of just connecting volunteers and stories.(video of Recount and trial)Organizing volunteers was integral to our marathon coverage of Minnesotas US Senate recount and Election Contest Trial. The UpTake was the ONLY media to cover every minute of this and thousands around the world watched daily... for several months. Standup: Organizing can be as low-tech as listing what might happen on a sheet of paper and asking people who is interested in going there with a camera. It can also be as high-tech as using the cutting edge tools.Using Cover it Live and Twitter during live events were able let our audience help us with the reporting. The time stamp on both services helps us locate the important snippets of video out of the hours we record... allowing our volunteers to quickly edit clips that are interesting.Using a free service called Tubemogul, we can publish those clips to You Tube, Blip and more than a dozen other video websites in a matter of minutes.During the RNC we used crowd sourcing on twitter to weretrack where news was happening by searching for the RNC hashtag or following particular peoples tweets.Since our volunteers were dispersed all over downtown, we could have someone on the scene in minutes. And thanks to a free service called Qik, we were able to stream live video of the event as it happened.We use two kinds of phones for live streaming: The Nokia N-95 and the iPhone. Both lack a good lens and a good microphone. But we were able to solve part of that problem by using adaptors to plug in a professional microphone. These phones gave us another important advantage: police couldnt confiscate our video.Thats an important consideration because police arrested dozens of journalists, including one of our own. Once the video was streamed from the phone, it was on a server where the police couldnt reach it.We still sent people out with regular tape cameras... and they came back with compelling video that we quickly captured, edited and distributed for the whole world to see.The UpTake - a shoestring volunteer operation -- was able to do all of this not only because the technology to do it was easy and affordable... but because we were able to organize. That is the secret ingredient in any citizen journalism organization...
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Last week I brought to your attention the far flung theory of Russian academic Igor Panarin, who foresees civil war in the United States arising from the current economic crisis *******www.youtube****/watch?v=e_wzMDQgpHw
With Obama's new Director of Intel Dennis Blair telling congress that the number one security peril facing the United States is global economic turmoil, has the Intel community agree with Panarin?
Furthermore, is the Obama strategy of inviting comparison between himself and Lincoln an example in "be careful what you wish for?"
Dennis Trainor, Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake****. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy."
Contact: dennistrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) com
Ground Hounds brings us, The Travelling UpTake Team Hits New Hampshire.
Senator-Elect Al Franken thanks The UpTake for its coverage of the recount and election trial. Franken talks about how his campaign staff insisted that he take a vacation the first week of the trial and how he spent his vacation watching The UpTake.Franken talks about health care, the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the logistics for his swearing in next week.Franken has two words of advice for any DFL candidate who may possibly end up running against Norm Coleman for Governor: "call me."
The Uptake's crew looks back on their challenges and successes covering the circus that is Iowa caucuses.
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University of Minnesota Professor John Logie talks about how the Clinton campaign has interjected race into the election and how Hillary Clinton's "concession" speech shows just how close this race really is.
This is a second part of John Logie's analysis.
As has often been the case in this campaign, Barack Obama delivered a speech that was exemplary in terms of political rhetoric. The takeaway phrase in this was "the choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It's not about rich vs. poor, young vs. old and it is not about black vs. white. It is about the past vs. the future". Barack Obama clearly thinks that's a winning message. This was the central point in a speech that was highly visible. And it's an argument that might well change the dynamics of the upcoming contest on what we're now stupidly calling "Super Duper Tuesday".
It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media covers Obama victory and in particular Obama's powerful speech. Or whether the next news cycle is dominated by someone who has a habit of dominating news cycles and that's Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton managed to pull the focus away from his wife's campaign yet again with his comparison of Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson.
The clear import of Clinton's comparison is to suggest that Black candidates do well in South Carolina and thus, Barack Obama then impending victory could be discounted because "hey, South Carolina voters tend to like Black candidates."
With that I think we can close any further debate as to whether the Clinton campaign is actively injecting race as an issue into the 2008 Democratic primary season. They are doing it. Bill Clinton is doing it. Whether he is the designated attack dog for the Clinton campaign or just a loose cannon, this is unfortunate. It's especially unfortunate given the sharp contrast between Clinton's role in this campaign and the role of his predecessors have tended to take in previous campaigns. Admittedly he's in a difficult situation, being both a former President and Presidents have tended to maintain a kind of respectful silence as campaigns have unfolded. He's also a political spouse and there are certain obligations. But, I think you could draw a sharp contrast between the role he's taken and the role either Elizabeth Edwards or Michelle Obama has taken. Both of whom have tended to be much more supportive of the merits of their spouses rather than attacking opponents.
There was a subtle but clear indication about just how close this race is by the way the Clinton camp conceded -- and I'm using the word conceded loosely. They finished in a distant second place and the Clinton camp elected not to have Hillary Clinton speak in the form of a traditional concession speech, but delivered a short written message to the press. That message said among other things "on to Florida."
Because Florida and Michigan jumped the gun and held primaries before February 5th, their delegates don't count. And there was an agreement among most Democrats not to campaign there. Now as we saw in Michigan, Hillary Clinton's name ended up on the ballot despite that agreement. And that dynamic is playing out again in Florida. So essentially Hillary Clinton is running uncontested in those states. And she wants votes to count. If the core message coming out of her "concession" to Barack Obama in the South Carolina primary is "now we're moving on to Florida", that's an indication of just how close this race has gotten.
So that's how things look from a kitchen table in south Minneapolis. For The Uptake, this is John Logie
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Contrary to what you might hear the legacy media say, voters in Oregon don't think the long campaign has hurt the Democratic party's chances in the 2008 Presidential election. For the first time in recent memory, Oregon's May 20th primary actually matters in Presidential politics. The UpTake's Cliff Etzel talked to Democrats who came to hear Barack Obama's recent campaign swing through the state.
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The UpTake will provide the first ever live video streaming coverage of the Minnesota State Democratic Party Convention. The convention starts on Friday June 6th with an address from National Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean. Saturday is the main event of the convention as delegates decide who to endorse for US Senate, either Al Franken or Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Point your browser to www.theuptake**** to watch. We’ll have several ways you can participate in our live coverage!
"A gross politicalization" is Congressman Keith Ellison's assessment of the Department of Justice hiring scandal. He spoke with The UpTake's Ken Avidor about Monica Goodling, a former US Attorney and Bush political appointee, who is accused of finagling the firings of several left-leaning attorneys in order to, as Ellison says,"make sure she infuses the federal bureaucracy with a right-wing stamp."
Eliison also addresses the controversial Don Siegelman case, in which the former Democratic governor of Alabama was yanked out of office to fight corruption charges. A corrupt politician isn't news these days. What is news? The fact that Karl Rove has been accused of cooking up fictional scenarios to politically decapitate Siegelman, and has subsequently ignored subpeonas demanding he answer the charge. Will Rove go to federal prison?
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Self-professed squatter punk Neil, aka Chunk, thinks a lot needs to change in this country. But, he tells The UpTake's Chuck Olsen that protesting will not do any good.
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Hanging in mid-air talking about Joe Biden as Barack Obama's VP pick with a Canadian as media and political types circle below. It's all being streamed live by The UpTake from a Ferris Wheel at the Democratic National Convention Media Party. Surreal, eh?
Ned Lamont is a Barack Obama delegate this year to the Democratic National Convention. But he's most famous for defeating Senator Joe Lieberman in a primary battle, only to lose to Lieberman when he ran as an Independent. The UpTake's Noah Kunin asks Lamont about Obama's choice of Joe Biden as a running mate. Lamont tells us why he likes Biden and then sidesteps a question about running again.