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Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

Moments Like These Are
What The UpTake Does Best

Livestream video is the process of turning on a video camera, whether operated onsite or offsite, and letting it run, run, run to capture live events as they happen in a stream-of-consciousness way.

Watching, or monitoring, livestream footage has been compared to watching paint dry. But every now and then you come across a moment that’s comparable to someone throwing a pot of spaghetti sauce against that freshly painted wall.

Moments like this.

The UpTake captured this exchange between Minnesota State Representatives Sarah Anderson and Jim Davnie, capturing a geography flub by the head of state redistricting. And the moment has been picked up from progressive blog to progressive blog ever since. 

As an UpTake legislative monitor, you watch (or monitor) livestreamed video so you can tweet a narrative to Twitter followers. When a key moment like the one above occurs, you alert the producers so they can get the video out. 

If you don’t have time to monitor hours of livestreamed video, see the highlights by following @uptakemn. Informed voters count on their coverage, and The UpTake counts on donor support

A $25 donation will buy The UpTake almost five hours of tape. And who knows how many spaghetti-sauce-against-the-wall moments will occur in those five hours? 

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