C-SPAN Bus Visits Elon University As Part of “100 Days, 100 Schools” Tour

By Carolyn VanBrocklin

On Friday February 13, the C-SPAN traveling bus came to visit Elon University. It is currently on its new “100

Days, 100 Schools” tour, which is held during the first 100 days of the new presidential administration. It is scheduled to travel to 17 states on this tour.

The C-SPAN Civics Bus made a stop at Elon University as part of its "100 Days, 100 Schools" tour.

The C-SPAN Civics Bus made a stop at Elon University as part of its "100 Days, 100 Schools" tour.

The tour gives students and teachers the opportunity to tour the bus and see what it looks like and how it functions. The tour also aims to introduce students who may not be familiar with it to the world of C-SPAN and how it chooses to broadcast news.

The bus is a mobile production studio, allowing C-SPAN to travel across the United States and conduct interviews in the bus at major events.

While on the tour, Jeremy Art, the marketing representative with C-SPAN, spoke to journalism students about the bus’s travels, but also discussed some of the differences between old and new media.

C-SPAN offers a 24 hour news cycle that aims to show both sides of the story. While there is a host for interviews, callers ask all the questions that are answered during the interview. This makes it easy for all to have a say without C-SPAN including a bias.

The hosts on the shows are careful never to say their names and attach a personality to the series to prevent bias.

Art said C-SPAN is popular because it “gives everyone the exact same amount of coverage.”

The C-SPAN bus that visited Elon is one of two, and has been to all 50 states. The bus program was launched in 1993 “as a way to bring the world of public affairs into schools and communities nationwide,” according to the C-SPAN bus website. C-SPAN was founded in 1979 by cable companies and is offered as a public service.

Hear Jeremy Art speak about the C-SPAN bus and blogging:

Students from Janna Anderson's COM 310 class display their FlipCams, which are also in use on the C-SPAN bus.

Students from Janna Anderson's COM 310 class display their FlipCams, which are also in use on the C-SPAN bus.

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2 Responses

  1. HEADLINE! When you are on a deadline for online, the headline is highly important. Don’t miss out on writing it in the time you have. It was OK to temporarily use the PR photo, but you need your own photo up there, so switch that out when you rework this for your final portfolio.

    Good tagging. You need to do some work on the writing and organize it, add more direct quotations, check it for AP Style, etc.

  2. I have to say I LOVE the photo of you all with your Flip cameras – classic. Reporters at the ready!

    You are overusing the word “tour” in the story. Look for it and try to rewrite to add more variety in language.

    A good reporter gets a storytelling direct quotation up high in the story – either a voice of authority or some other person who sheds light on the topic or provides information in some way. Get people into your writing up high, high, high. Getting one teeny partial quote is not sufficient, and you have it buried at the end.

    Use single quotation marks instead of doubles whenever you are using quote marks in a headline. This is standard media style: ‘100 Days, 100 Schools’

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