C-SPAN partners with Mediacom to bring educational, interactive bus to Columbus
C-SPAN partnered with Mediacom to bring CSPAN’s 45-foot motor coach to Columbus on Thursday to educate students and community members about their public-service resources.
The bus stopped at Northside High School before heading downtown and parking in front of Columbus State University’s NPACE Center.
C-Span’s interactive bus includes 11 large-screen tablets detailing their programing and educational resources, a smartTV and classroom area, a high-definition television studio for taping and live programming, a 360- degree video station and a selfie station.
C-SPAN representative Joel Bacon said it was a chance to share knowledge about C-SPAN and educate people about where they fit in today’s media landscape.
“We love talking about non-partisan media and how C-SPAN is a little bit unique in the realm of news,” he said.
Bacon said C-SPAN isn’t really a breaking news channel, but more of a public-affairs channel.
“What we do is just show what’s going on and not tell anybody what to think about it,” he said.
During the Northside stop, they also promoted StudentCam, a documentary film competition for high school and middle school students with awards totaling $100,000 for the 150 winners. The grand prize is $5,000 for the winning 5-to-6 minute documentary. This year’s theme of “What does it mean to be American?” asks students to pick a constitutional right, historic event, or national trait and show how it defines the American experience.
The stop was part of tour through South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Go to www.ledger-enquirer.com for video from the event.
ABOVE: The Columbus Government Center is reflected in the front windshield of C-SPAN’s 45-foot intereactive and educational motor coach. BELOW: Steve Devoney, right, a C-SPAN media specialist, gives a tour Thursday afternoon of C-SPAN’s educational and interactive motor coach.