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The Uptake on the TV

Look ma, I'm on the teevee again! It all started, strangely enough, with a whiny Twitter message: I have to say, The Uptake is at the cutting edge of networked citizen journalism. Not many doing this. Hello Big Media - do a story on us!

Big Media, in the form of beloved-by-bloggers reporter Jason DeRusha, heard my pathetic call.
The Uptake team suddenly found ourselves on WCCO bringing citizen journalism to the masses.
Watch it here. I love it. (Here's a silly behind-the-scenes video, too.)



One big advantage of a team of citizen journalists, we hope, is that we'll be covering things not covered by traditional media. We've already published several exclusive stories. Or, in the case of critical mass and other political events, we'll cover certain stories with more breadth and depth.

The Uptake is both networked citizen journalism, and part of a growing movement of "am-pro" journalism, meaning a mix of amateir and professional. We're hoping to fill the gap between random clips of raw video and professionally produced network news.

Original citizen journalism is already huge in the blogging world -- I'm sure you're all familiar with that one guy... Dan Rather. We're bringing it to video. Of course reputation is important. The blogosphere is, to some extent, a reputation economy and an attention economy. I think we have to work harder to earn a reputation than legacy media -- not that they can coast, given declining audience.

You tend to hear about citizen journalism when there's a disaster. Myanmar, tsunamis, school shootings... that's when a regular joe or jane is likely to commit and act of journalism. We're trying to elevate that and find people that want to be proactive - tell us what you think should be covered, and we'll help show you how to go out and cover it, and distribute it.

It's pretty cool. :-)

October 2, 2007 at 04:12 AM in Local, Media, The Uptake, Videoblogging | Permalink


Sweet! Congrats on this!

Posted by: Brian at Oct 2, 2007 12:21:06 PM

That was a great piece. It was very cool for you all to be on TV.

Posted by: Levois at Oct 3, 2007 8:12:08 PM

There's something very Mark Mothersbaugh about that picture.

Posted by: andy carvin at Oct 12, 2007 7:13:01 PM

andy, that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.

Posted by: chuck at Oct 13, 2007 1:33:09 PM