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Senate Media Services Office

Legislative Role

Senate Media Services, a nonpartisan office of the Minnesota Senate, produces television programs, photographic services and multi-media products to raise public awareness of the Senate and legislative activities.

Functions and Services

Senate Media Services is responsible for the following:

  • Producing and distributing television coverage of Senate floor sessions and select committee hearings.
  • Producing and distributing a weekly public affairs television program, Capitol Report, that features current Minnesota issues and legislators' views on pending legislation.
  • Producing Session Update, which is broadcast during legislative session coverage and provides timely, accurate information on legislative and executive actions, press conferences and events.
  • Providing live and archive video streaming services for the Senate's website.
  • Providing news organizations with media resources, including live television video feeds, recorded events and photographs.
  • Providing photo archive services for the Senate, the public and news organizations.

Key Resources

Resource Description
Minnesota Senate Media Coverage - Video Production

The Minnesota Senate provides live and archive coverage of Senate floor sessions and committee hearings, and archive coverage of press conferences, special events, Capitol Reports, and civic education. All programming coverage is produced by Senate Media Services. Audio coverage is recorded and reported by Senate Committee staff and Senate Sergeant At Arms office.

Senate Facebook Photos The Secretary of the Senate, Media Services Office, provides a collection of images of the Senate Chamber and Capitol area on Facebook. All images are copyright Minnesota Senate Media Services Office.

Timeline and Calendar Highlights

Date timeline Description
Legislative Session
  • Senate Media Services produces television broadcasts of Senate floor sessions, select committee hearings and Session Update, which features issue-oriented press conferences and legislative events.
  • Senate Media Services produces Capitol Report, a weekly public affairs television broadcast program featuring current Minnesota issues and legislators' views on pending legislation.
  • The department provides live and archive video streaming services, which are available at www.senate.mn/media.
  • The department produces photo archives of Senate floor sessions, committee hearings and issue-oriented press conferences.
Interim
  • Senate Media Services continues to produces Capitol Report, a weekly public affairs television broadcast program featuring new Minnesota laws, current Minnesota issues and legislators' views on pending legislation.
  • The department produces civic education videos and interactive CDs for teachers and students. Check out available civic education videos at www.senate.mn/media.
  • The department produces short documentaries and informational videos for broadcast during session and appropriate Senate events.
  • The department provides design, display and photographic services for various Senate publications, the Horizons program and the Minnesota State Fair.

Media Staff List

Name Title Office Phone Number
Jon Brune Producer G230 MSB 651.297.1756
Shannon Loehrke Producer/Moderator G230 MSB 651.296.5054
Phil Mednick Director Engineering and Operations G230 MSB 651.296.3334
David Oakes Chief Photographer G230 MSB 651.297.1757
Stephen Olwell TV/Editor G230 MSB 651.297.1763
Marv Raiola Production Coordinator G230 MSB 651.297.5467
Steve Senyk Director Media Services G230 MSB 651.297.1731