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Monday, October 28, 2013

City of Saint Paul’s Videos Receive National Recognition


Over the years, the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Technology and Communications department has received more than 100 awards for its video programming.  Recently, Saint Paul was recognized as one of the top local government video production departments in the country for 2013.  The city placed third in the  Government Excellence division, with operating budgets between $200,000-$400,000.  This award was presented during the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards ceremony.  This accomplishment reflects the overall excellence for the quality of video programming produced by the City of Saint Paul during the past year. 
In addition to the overall recognition for Communications Services production staff, two of its video producers received awards for individual programs.

Mike Popadiuk was honored with both a first place award for his documentary event coverage of the  Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Dedication” in September, 2012 and a second place Community Awareness award for "Green Roof Harvest at St. Paul Fire Dept. HQ."   The video covers the 2012 growing season of the rooftop garden at the Fire Department’s new administration building.
Mike Kaplan received top honors for his production, “Helicopter Rescue Training,” in the Profile of a City/County Department category.  The video provides a dramatic, and sometimes personal, view of what happens during a helicopter rescue operation.  Kaplan also received Honorable Mention for Community Awareness of "Do the Summer Countdown,” a city and Saint Paul Public School program designed to keep youth active and learning all summer long.
These award-winning videos, and more than 500 hundred other videos (many of them award-winning as well), can be accessed at the City of Saint Paul’s YouTube website.  You can subscribe to the city’s video programming by going to www.youtube.com/stpaulgov and clicking on the subscribe button.  And of course, you can see many of these videos on the City’s Cable Channel 18.  Check them out! 

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