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HMS Summer 2016 Newsletter

Message from your Outreach Coordinator

After serving in various capacities as Equipment Specialist and Staff Producer at HMS, it is my pleasure to continue my work in the role of Outreach Coordinator. We have some exciting things lined up for our producers, including the addition of a Script Writing class and other classes coming up. More information will be available soon.

As we continue to provide you with the tools and resources that you need to create your programming, we want to remind you of some policies that we have always had in place, as well as some new additions with the goal of providing everyone equitable access to gear and the HMS facilities.

  • Any request for an extension of an equipment reservation will be considered a Special Request. Community producers are limited to one Special Request per 90-day period.  Special Requests may not be used in advance.
  • Each community producer may utilize a cumulative maximum of 150 GB of storage space on editing equipment at any one time.  This limit is inclusive of internal computer storage, external hard drive space, etc.  If producers exceed this limit, data will be deleted in order to maintain the specified 150 GB level.
  • In order to register at the Student Rate, community producers must provide one of the following: an ID showing current enrollment at an accredited school (e.g. high school, college, university), a current fee statement issued by such an institution, or a current class schedule.  

The complete list of policies can be found in the updated information packet that you received in orientation. Additional copies are available at the equipment desk.

I look forward to continuing the great progress and work done in the Outreach Coordinator position here at Houston MediaSource. 

Roger E Palomino
Outreach Coordinator

The Do's and Dont's for Planning Out a Shoot.

In the path to become a producer, there are many Do's and Dont's that your learn as you start to become more involved in the creative process.


  • Create a concept that will work for you based on your audience or demographic.  A basic storyboard can be drawn on sheets of paper and be helpful.  These sheets each represent your shots and what they will look like.  This will help you organize your production.
  • When shooting your program, keep in mind what can be captured within your time frame and circumstances.  Draw inspiration from shows that stand out on television todayand are your favorites.  This will help  in having yours look and sound similar with your own spin on it.
  • Always make sure to research whomever you are to interview.  The better prepared you are, the more the subject will be at ease with your questions.  Keeping them engaged by communicating what you are planning to ask and/or shoot is sound advice regarding all aspects of production.  

New Control Room and Studio B

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Studio and Control Room B in Houston MediaSource.  With the growing number of new community producers at HMS, we now have another option for studio recordings for productions.  In addition to a new studio, Houston MediaSource now has a revamped prop room to help facilitate the organization of tables, chairs and props for our community producers.
Studio B also gives opportunity to have live broadcasts and Studio Recordings.  

New Houston MediaSource website


We are excited about some of the new changes here at Houston MediaSource.  Our new website was launched in June of 2016 to better serve our community producers.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to fine tune our website throughout the Summer.  

Another big change is the Video on Demand portion of our new website.  Live stream events will also be able to be seen with ease.  

An introduction video on our website will allow new community producers as well as existing to see the new changes and additions to Houston MediaSource.


***On Monday July 18 - Friday July 22, Studios, Control Rooms, Equipment Department, and Edit Suites will be closed for inventory.

Houston MediaSource will be open regular hours for submitting programming and for scheduled classes.***


About Houston MediaSource

Established in 1987, Houston MediaSource is home to Houston’s public access television and radio, HMS-TV and HMS Net Radio. Houston MediaSource provides community members with the education and equipment they need to produce their own programs.  More information about becoming a community producer is available during a free orientation class held every Monday at 6 p.m. More information is available online at or by calling 713.524.7700 x112.
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