C-SPAN, created in 1979 as a public service by the U.S. cable industry and now in 100 million households, recently announced travels in Texas in a brand new bus, a milestone for its video library and a student video competition. It’s a busy fall for C-SPAN, with a goal to make government more open to the public solely with funding from cable and other video providers – it accepts no government money or underwriting support.
C-SPAN’s newest bus is coming to Texas Nov. 2-3 as part of its U.S. tour in partnership with its cable affiliates to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multiplatform service resources. The C-SPAN bus also will be near the Texas Capitol in Austin as part of the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 4-5 and will be covering the festival live on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.
Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers to interact with the public through visits to local schools and community events.
The new high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:
- Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a myriad of political and educational resources
- A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
- A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
- A D.C. themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience through social media.
About eight years after C-SPAN first went on the air, it decided to record everything shown on its networks. On Sept 15, C-SPAN’ video library marked its 30th anniversary. During those years, it has collected and cataloged over 165,000 events, including 14,000 Congressional hearings and 829 commencement speeches. Just like the rest of C-SPAN’s operations, the video library is privately funded by the cable industry and available for free to the public.
Meanwhile, middle and high school students across the country are invited to participate in
C-SPAN’s 14th annual StudentCam competition. The theme: “The Constitution and You” – entrants are to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to the entrant. Entries are due Jan. 18, and the competition awards $100,000 in cash prizes. Learn more about the competition and how to enter.
While C-SPAN started with just one channel, today it operates three networks, an internet radio channel, a website with live coverage of events, and presence on numerous social media platforms. C-SPAN earlier this year
Are you watching C-SPAN? Every four years it commissions a survey of its audience. Among the findings from the most recent survey, released earlier this year: an estimated 70 million U.S. adults have accessed C-SPAN content in the past six months, and the audience is geographically balanced, fairly evenly split along gender lines, and politically active.