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TEXAS PRISON MUSEUM (Evergreen Feature)

This is an evergreen feature meant to be longer than a TV News Package.

The Texas Prison Museum director is Jim Willet. The lower third identifying him is deliberately left off for programs to insert their own.

[ANCHOR]: HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS HOME OF SAM HOUSTON STATE’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM IS ALSO  KNOWN AS THE HOME OF THE STATE’S PRISON SYSTEM WHERE STUDENTS CAN GET AN EDUCATION ABOUT JUST DOWN THE HIGHWAY CABEL SEVEN’S JACOB SANTILLAN HAS THE STORY.

[REPORTER]  IN A CITY HOME TO AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION LIKE SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY EVEN THE PRISON SYSTEM HAS ITS OWN MUSEUM. ITS A STORE HOUSE OF ARTIFACTS DATING BACK THROUGHOUT THE DECADES OF TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. RECENTLY WE SPOKE WITH THE DIRECTOR ABOUT THE HISTORY ENCAPSULATED ON HIGHWAY 75.

“This prison is designed to preserve the artifacts of the Texas prison system and its history and to…showcase those to the public.

The idea began in the mid-1980s when some fo the people who worked for the prison system realized that there were a lot of artifacts out there that were just kind of out there in the open and weathering and that they  needed to get those things together and preserve them.

And so they started a process to do that. Eventually in 1989 they decided to have a museum and opened up a museum in an old building across from the courthouse in downtown Huntsville, and actually, at least the last time I noticed, it still has  “Texas Prison Museum” up above it painted on the wall.

And they were out there until they saved the money and built this building and we moved in out here i believe it was in November of 2002.

We nowadays have at least the last two years we’ve had a little over 34-thousand visitors a year.

Probably the number one thing that people come in here to see is the electric chair, we have Texas electric chair 361 men died in that so, that’s probably the biggest draw into here, but…I’m going to say the thing they get most interested in are two different displays, one shows the craftiness of inmates and some of the neat things they build, and there’s a total different display about what they build but it’s for…purposes… negative purposes such as knives and weapons and things like that.

We also have a nice display on the Texas Prison Rodeo which is a good draw, and another one that comes to mind would be the display about the Curasco Incident which was a hostage situation at the old walls unit downtown back in 1974.

This object behind us is a model of the Walls Unit…actually the real name of it is the Huntsville Unit located in downtown Huntsville, and that model was made by inmates who lived at the Walls Unit in 1975.

It is extremely accurate, I worked there for about 15 years and I found a couple of really minor mistakes on it.

And even after all those years there’s only about three major things that have changed as of what that layout shows, the most notable that the rodeo arena is gone now. 

Probably I would take you back and show you three little pistols that don’t look like much but they are carved out of wood and  painted, and I will guarantee you they’re realistic and realistic enough that if I pull one of them on you’d raise your hands, I’d have no doubt about that.

[REPORTER]: JACOB SANTILLAN, CABLE SEVEN HUNTSVILLE.


Harvey Relief Efforts (feature)

A short feature on relief efforts in Houston after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.


SHSU Cable 7 News April 18 2018 (News Directing)

This is the April 18, 2018 edition of Sam Houston State University’s Cable 7 News, for which I was the director.


WOMENS BOWLING POSTSEASON (TV NEWS PACKAGE)

[ANCHOR]: THE S-H-S-U WOMENS BOWLING TEAM  HAS A CHANCE TO BRING HOME MORE HARDWARE TO ADD TO THEIR TROPHY CASE. BEHIND THE BENCH REPORTER JACOB SANTILLAN HAS THE STORY

[REPORTER]: THE TEAM WAS ONE OF 10 SELECTED MARCH 28TH TO COMPETE IN THE N-C-A-A CHAMPIONSHIPS AS A FIFTH SEED.  IT’S THE PROGRAM’S 7TH PLAYOFF BERTH IN THE 8 YEARS IT’S EXISTED.  THEY FINISHED AS NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS IN 2015 AND 2017, AND WON IT ALL AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS IN 2014.  TACEY BALLEN SAYS THEY STILL HAVE A LOT TO PROVE.

“We are a pretty young team, and we did go through a lot this season. We lost a few people but I feel that we still came out on top and we still have people to prove wrong, so we’re going to go into this and prove them wrong.”

BRAD HAGEN SAYS THIS TEAM HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IT DONE IN THE POSTSEASON.

“Everyone on this team’s got the athletic ability to perform…at a high level, it’s just trusting the process and themselves to get to where we need to go and that’s what it’s all about every year with any team. Again this team is as athletic and talented enough to get it done and that’s exactly what we’ve been able to do all year.”

THE BEARKATS FACE NUMBER FOUR SEED  VANDERBILT IN THE OPENING ROUND. THEY’LL HEAD TO THE TROPICANA LANES IN SAINT LOUIS APRIL 12TH. JACOB SANTILLAN FOR BEHIND THE BENCH.

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WOMENS BOWLING POSTSEASON (VOSOT)

THE S-H-S-U WOMENS BOWLING TEAM  HAS A CHANCE TO BRING HOME MORE HARDWARE TO ADD TO THEIR TROPHY CASE. THE TEAM WAS ONE OF 10 SELECTED MARCH 28TH TO COMPETE IN THE N-C-A-A CHAMPIONSHIPS AS A FIFTH SEED.  IT’S THE PROGRAM’S 7TH PLAYOFF BERTH IN THE 8 YEARS IT’S EXISTED.  THEY FINISHED AS NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS IN 2015 AND 2017, AND WON IT ALL AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS IN 2014.  TACEY BALLEN SAYS THEY STILL HAVE A LOT TO PROVE.

“We are a pretty young team, and we did go through a lot this season. We lost a few people but I feel that we still came out on top and we still have people to prove wrong, so we’re going to go into this and prove them wrong.”

THE BEARKATS FACE NUMBER FOUR SEED  VANDERBILT IN THE OPENING ROUND. THEY’LL HEAD TO THE TROPICANA LANES IN SAINT LOUIS APRIL 12TH.

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DVD COLLECTION DONATION (VOSOT)

FILM STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY NOW HAVE A NEW LIBRARY WITH WHICH TO STUDY THE ARTS AND SCIENCES OF MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION. THE DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION RECENTLY RECEIVED A DVD COLLECTION OF ABOUT 800 FILMS AND TV SHOWS VALUED NEARLY THIRTY-NINE-HUNDRED DOLLARS. LANE FORTENBERRY SAYS THE COLLECTION WILL PROVIDE A MORE CENTRALIZED RESOURCE FOR FILM STUDENTS TO STUDY THEIR CRAFT.

(Fortenberry :12 T…to find clips)

THE COLLECTION WAS DONATED BY FRANCI NEELY, ATTORNEY AND FOUNDING CHAIR OF THE HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY.

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ZOOFARI LIBRARY (VO)

HUNTSVILLE CHILDREN GOT TO ENJOY AN AFTERNOON WITH SOME FURRY FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THE HUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTED WILD THINGS ZOOFARI FOR AN AFTERNOON PROGRAM THURSDAY TO A PACKED ROOM. THE AUSTIN-BASED PETTING ZOO AND ANIMAL SHOW BROUGHT A YOUNG WALLABY, LEMUR, TOUCAN, AND BABY WARTHOG FOR KIDS TO SEE AND TOUCH. WITH COURTNEY CORTINA-PIÑEDA, CHILDREN LEARNED OF THE VARIOUS LIVING HABITS AND NEEDS OF EXOTIC ANIMALS. THE PROGRAM ALSO SHARED GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ANIMAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR. CORTINA-PIÑEDA ALSO DISCUSSED THE POTENTIAL FOR THE VISITING ANIMALS TO END UP ENDANGERED DUE TO HABITAT DESTRUCTION, HUMAN INTERFERENCE AND THE NEED TO PRESERVE THEM FOR THE FUTURE.

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LSC EXPANSION (VOSOT)

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY’S LIVING ROOM ON CAMPUS IS SET TO GET A BOOST IN SIZE. CONSTRUCTION BEGINS SOON TO EXPAND THE LOWMAN STUDENT CENTER AFTER PLANS WERE APPROVED IN 2012. THE TWO STORY EXPANSION WILL BE ABOUT EIGHTY-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET AND INCLUDE A NEW KAT KLUB, BALLROOM, AND EIGHT LANE BOWLING ALLEY. THE PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT 40-MILLION DOLLARS, FUNDED BY STUDENT FEES. ROBERT WEBBER SAYS THE EXPANSION SHOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE COMMUNITY.

(Webber T:12 …a transformational building)

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS THIS JUNE AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY NOVEMBER 2018.

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SANTILLAN_GRAPHIC DESIGN SHOW (TV NEWS PACKAGE)

[ANCHOR] STUDENTS, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS AND FAMILY GATHERED AT THE GADDIS GESLIN GALLERY FOR THE ART DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGN SHOW…JACOB SANTILLAN HAS MORE.

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AUDIO

RADIO NEWSCAST

The following is a product of an advanced audio class in which I was tasked to produce an hour long show with musical breaks. I chose to produce a newscast. The musical breaks have been edited out for brevity.


SANTILLAN_CAMPUS FOOD SECURITY (WRAP)

[TR01] BETWEEN THE FRESHMAN FIFTEEN, RAMEN NOODLES, AND CAFETERIA FOOD, WHAT COLLEGE STUDENTS EAT IS A STAPLE OF HUMOR REGARDING STUDENT LIFE.

[TR02]BUT NOT ALL STUDENTS AT SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY ARE LAUGHING — SOME STUDENTS DON’T KNOW WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL COMES FROM.

[TR03] THAT’S WHY THE S-H-S-U FOOD PANTRY HELPS QUALIFYING STUDENTS SOON.

[TR04] FOOD PANTRY VICE PRESIDENT ANDREA JAMES SAYS THEIR PROGRAM IS A WAY TO TACKLE THE ISSUE OF FOOD INSECURITY HEAD ON.

[ACT01 – JAMES (O:12)]

[TR05] THE FOOD PANTRY’S NEXT DISTRIBUTION DATE IS APRIL 13TH AT ACADEMIC BUILDING THREE. THOSE IN NEED CAN REQUEST FOOD ONLINE BY FIRST VISITING THEM AT FACEBOOK-DOT-COM-SLASH-SAMFOODPANTRY.

[SOC] JACOB SANTILLAN. BEARKAT NEWS. HUNTSVILLE, TX.

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SANTILLAN_SHSU FOOD PANTRY (VOICER)

STUDENTS AT SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY OFTEN FACE GREAT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT GRADES, GRADUATION, AND CAREER CHOICES. SOME FACE A MORE BASIC UNCERTAINTY — WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL COMES FROM.

THAT’S WHY THE S-H-S-U FOOD PANTRY IS HANDING OUT FOOD TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS THIS MONTH.

THE FOOD PANTRY SAYS THEY NOT ONLY WANT TO TACKLE THE ISSUE OF FOOD INSECURITY HEAD ON… THEY SAY THEIR PROGRAM IS ALSO A WAY TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT FOOD INSECURITY.

THE FOOD PANTRY’S NEXT DISTRIBUTION DATE IS APRIL 13TH AT ACADEMIC BUILDING THREE. THOSE IN NEED CAN REQUEST FOOD ONLINE BY FIRST VISITING THEM AT FACEBOOK-DOT-COM-SLASH-SAMFOODPANTRY.

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Wire-to-broadcast re-writing

Hundreds pack Texas Capitol for transgender bathroom debate.

By PAUL J. WEBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS | March 7, 2017 |

Hundreds packed the Texas Capitol over a transgender bathroom bill introduced in this year’s legislative session.

More than four-hundred people jammed the capitol building in austin Tuesday to speak out against a North Carolina style “bathroom bill” that would require transgender people to use public bathrooms according to the sex on their birth certificate, according to the Associated Press.

The National Football League and National Basketball Association also warned that the bill may make them reconsider bringing big events to Texas such as the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

The NCAA cancelled seven championship events in North Carolina after a similar bill passed called HB2.

Republican House Speaker Joe Strauss says the Texas bathroom bill is bad for the economy and Governor Gregg Abbott hasn’t publicly endorsed it, but three months remain in the 2017 legislative session.

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