By Megan Wanner
The C-SPAN Civics Bus visited Elon University, N.C. for the second year in a row, today, as part of its ‘100 Days, 100 Schools’ tour. The visit included a full tour of the 45-foot mobile production studio and demonstration center that is equipped with TV production units that can be used as studios during live programs, such as C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
During the tour, Jeremy Art, the Marketing Representative with C-SPAN, highlighted many facts about C-SPAN in addition to the many resources C-SPAN offers, including the network’s education Web site, C-SPAN classroom, a free membership service for educators with downloadable video clips; the C-SPAN video library and C-SPAN’s television coverage of the new presidential administration.
Art discussed the use of the internet over television as he polled everyone on tour, noting that only two of the 18 had watched a full 30-minute newscast in the past week while almost everyone had read a news blog.
Things are changing in the media world. “C-SPAN is changing with it,” Art said.
The bus is equipped with a live studio used to give interviews. This past year, the bus followed parts of the campaign trail gaining interviews with candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton came on board what was then the yellow C-SPAN school bus and was given a live interview in what looked like an interview room. The “room” was actually the live studio on board the bus.
On its 100-day tour, spanning from Jan. 21 through April 30, to celebrate the first 100 days of the new presidential administration, the Bus is scheduled to travel to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington state.
The C-SPAN Civics Bus program was launched on Nov. 1, 1993 as a way to bring the world of public affairs into schools and communities across the nation. Over the last 16 years, the two Buses have worked with cable television partners nationwide to visit students, teachers and citizens in all 50 states discussing media, public affairs and C-SPAN’s programming and free educational resources.
C-SPAN is a nonpartisan political network of record celebrating 30 years of public service to America since 1979. C-SPAN broadcsts unedited national events to help their audience decide where they stand without being swayed.
“Everyone likes C-SPAN that I have met,” Art said. “That’s because we give everyone the exact same coverage.”
C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks; C-SPAN Radio, a Washington, D.C. radio station distributed nationally by XM Satellite Radio and a Web site providing all the live videos from television coverage. Currently, C-SPAN is available in over 92 million cable and satellite households.
“It’s not always exciting but it’s there and it matters,” Art said.
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