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Rep. Keith Ellison interview

Last Saturday, a bunch of my peeps from The Uptake went to a big peace rally in St. Paul. Here, our new rock star citizen journalist Noah Kunin interviews Rep. Keith Ellison about how relevant peace marches are and whether he stands by his vote to reauthorize funding for the Iraq War. Our team interviewed lots of peace marchers and counterprotesters at the St. Paul capitol and Xcel Energy Center, where the Republican National Convention will be held in 2008. Everyone is gearing up for the RNC, including we citizen journalist-types. These events are good practice.

More good video popping up on The Uptake soon, including a few peace marchers who showed up at Senator Norm Coleman's house (!) and got him to engage with them on his support for the Iraq War.

Camera geek notes: This interview was filmed with the Canon HV20 wide angle lens, which may not be obvious but makes everything look way better. It's also filmed on the Steadicam Merlin, especially noticeable around 1:07 into the interview when I'm smoothly walking by the counterprotesters.

September 17, 2007 at 04:22 AM in Current Affairs, Local, Videoblogging | Permalink


Rep. Keith Ellison just got my vote. Nice job all around. Sound, camera, interview.

Posted by: steve Garfield at Sep 17, 2007 12:43:19 PM

You know, it just occurred to me, citizen journalism cuts through all the crap and puts the citizen in direct contact with the public servant, and then you get your (hopefully) honest answers and it gets broadcast to the world. Even more people can see it than with the so called "main stream media". And you bypassed all the bs (corporate and govt. influence etc.)

It also tends to be less formal and more human - another big plus. Hooray for citizen journalism!

Posted by: Lorika at Sep 17, 2007 4:38:14 PM

The Coleman clip that's on the Uptake site from the same day is fantastic. Citizen journalisam at its finest. I find that genuine exchange of opinions, face-to-face, to be revelatory. And if the cameras hadn't been there, nobody would even know it happened, or know Norm thinks we shouldn't be in the middle of a civil war, or his fine quote on his support of Bush: "I agree with him, and I disagree with him."

Posted by: Chuck T at Sep 18, 2007 9:54:20 AM