The C-SPAN Bus Hits The Road For A New Fall Tour

Experience the C-SPAN bus in St. Paul/Minneapolis area on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27

WASHINGTON (Aug. 26, 2013) – St. Paul and Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to learn about C-SPAN’s programs and resources on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 by stepping aboard the C-SPAN Bus during a stop on its fall tour. The C-SPAN Bus is helping inform communities about the public affairs network’s new First Ladies feature series and promoting C-SPAN’s student documentary contest, StudentCam.

C-SPAN Bus at MN State CapitolThe C-SPAN Bus is now in its 20th year on the road and has a fresh new look and a new season of tours. It is visiting numerous cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN’s educational and political resources for students, teachers and community members along the way.

This fall, the Bus tour will coincide with the premiere of season two of the series First Ladies: Influence & Image, which airs every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. The Bus will visit universities, presidential libraries and historic locations with connections to first ladies. For more information on the series, visit c-span.org/firstladies.

Additionally, C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2014 documentary competition is launching with a new theme, “A Message to the U.S. Congress: What’s the most important issue the Congress should consider in 2014?” This year we’ve doubled the number of student prizes to 150, and are awarding a total of $100,000 in prize money.

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors can learn about StudentCam, First Ladies and the networks’ other programming and resources through interactive technology:

  • In-depth public affairs coverage and educational outreach
  • Touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government
  • Social media networking including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Tout, XM Radio and mobile apps
  • HD cameras and production equipment demonstrating C-SPAN’s capability to produce public affairs programming aboard the Bus

C-SPAN also provides a unique way to experience public affairs through its Video Library and Congressional Chronicle, in which more than 200,000 hours of political and governmental footage have been archived since 1987. In St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman appears in the Video Library 2 times and in Minneapolis, Mayor R. T. Rybak appears in the Video Library 7 times.

The Bus visits and events in St. Paul and Minneapolis are in partnership with Comcast Cable.

“Comcast is pleased to partner with C-SPAN to bring this one-of-a-kind resource to the community,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Comcast Midwest. “We understand the importance of providing students with unique educational opportunities and touring the C-SPAN School Bus delivers those kinds of experiences. We look forward to the C-SPAN bus visit to the Twin Cities and will have Comcast staff on site to answer questions related to our Internet Essentials program. Internet Essentials is currently providing low-cost internet service to 5,000 homes across the Twin Cities to qualified students and their families.”

EVENT:

Monday, August 26,2013

10:00-11:30AM Minnesota State House
50 Sherburne Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155

12:30-2:00PM St. Paul Central Library -Downtown
90 W. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

9:00-11:00AM Roosevelt High School
4029 28th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Noon-2:00PM Washburn High School
201 W. 49th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Tune in to C-SPAN’s public affairs programming on the C-SPAN Networks, C-SPAN Radio, and c-span.org. In St. Paul and Minneapolis, C-SPAN can be seen on channel 21; C-SPAN2 on channel 104; and C-SPAN3 on channel 105.

About C-SPAN

Created by the cable TV industry and broadcast in 100 million households, C-SPAN presents three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington D.C. and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website that hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit c-span.org for coverage and schedules.

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit http://www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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