The C-SPAN Bus, touring the nation to educate middle school, high school and college students about the cable network, made a stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala. today, beginning at Central High School and later moving to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Jennifer Curran, a marketing representative for C-SPAN (Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network), travels with the bus and speaks
to students across the United States. She also judges their documentary competition for middle school and high school students. This year, the competition theme is “Dear Mr. President,” prompting students to inform President Obama about issues important to them. Winners receive monetary prizes.
Curran was kind enough to set aside time to speak with my reporting writing across media class before Central high school students came aboard the bus. She explained what C-SPAN is, describing it as an unbiased, unpartisan, commercial-less nonprofit cable network that features newsworthy political meetings in a “fly on the wall” manner–meaning there is no reporter interpreting what is discussed during the meeting covered. Basically, a camera crew goes around the United States filming important government meetings from beginning to end, or, as Curran says, from “gable-to-gable.”
Though the bus appears big, the interior is packed with computers, televisions and cabinets, making the quarters a tight squeeze for a big group like ours. Remarkably, my class as well as a high school class was able to fit inside. Unfortunately, I only had my measly iphone for taking pictures and video, so here are some more clear pictures from News-Sun.
All in all, I think the C-SPAN Bus is a great tool to educate young students about becoming active within their community. Giving those who are often neglected a voice is an experience beneficial to society as a whole, providing the world with multiple perspectives that would otherwise never be heard.