C-SPAN’s award-winning Bus will visit Charlotte on Friday, November 1 to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials. The stop by the state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized mobile classroom and production studio is part of the Battleground States Tour, which includes some of the states that will play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election.
After kicking off in September in Iowa, where the first caucuses in the nation are held, the Bus traveled to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire and Tennessee. It continues the tour in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Maryland before ending in December in Washington, D.C.
In some cities along the tour, the Bus will host guests for live interviews during C-SPAN’s signature morning call-in program, Washington Journal. Guests will discuss the role these battleground states have in the upcoming election.
“These states will be among the key battlegrounds in the 2020 presidential race,” said Steve Scully, Political Editor for C-SPAN. “By visiting these communities, C-SPAN will provide another component to our extensive Campaign 2020 coverage and give our viewers an in-depth, unfiltered look at politics, from the early days on the campaign trail right up to Inauguration Day.”
Bus visitors will also be invited to share their thoughts on issues they want presidential candidates to address during the campaign as part of the “Voices from the Road” project. During the Battleground States Tour, students and educators will learn about C-SPAN’s national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize money annually, the competition challenges students to produce a 5-to-6-minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance. This year’s theme, “What’s Your Vision in 2020?,” asks students to explore the issue they most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign.
Through interactive kiosks and demonstrations aboard the Bus, visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s in-depth coverage of the American political process, Campaign 2020 programming and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org. The website includes an extensive video library containing over 252,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes.
“Spectrum is excited to bring the interactive C-SPAN Bus to North Carolina and continue our long-standing partnership with C-SPAN,” said Adam Falk, SVP, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications. “We are proud to serve Charlotte by providing residents and local leaders the C-SPAN Networks and to share their robust educational and political resources with the community.”
Friday, November 1
7:30AM-9:30AM West Charlotte High School- Lift Academy
1400 North Graham Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
Bus will be parked in front of school
11AM-1PM Johnson C. Smith University
Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216
(The bus will be in front of Biddle Hall next to an area called the block)