Press Release for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

C-SPAN's New Civics Bus Visits UNF Campus

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The award-winning C-SPAN Civics Bus is back on the road on its new “100 Days, 100 Schools” national tour. The 45-foot mobile production studio and demonstration center will travel to Jacksonville and will stop at the University of North Florida on Friday, Jan. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in front of the UNF Arena. During the stop, the bus will be open for tours to students, faulty and staff as well as the general public. Several UNF faculty members will also be interviewed for C-SPAN2’s BookTV.

This year marks the bus’ 16th year on the road. With a new exterior design wrap and an interior with the latest television production equipment, the C-SPAN Civics Bus is scheduled to travel to other states as well, including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington state.

Students, teachers and the general public will have the chance to tour the bus during its visit and learn about the many resources C-SPAN offers, including the network’s education website; C-SPAN Classroom (www.c-spanclassroom.org), a free membership service for educators with downloadable video clips; the C-SPAN Video library (www.c-spanarchives.org ); and C-SPAN’s television coverage of the new administration.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, C-SPAN was created in 1979 by America’s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90 million households, C-SPAN2 in 82 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 13 million households nationwide.


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