Students explore mobile politics abroad the C-SPAN Bus

cspan-busAs part of a six-week tour of Big 12 Conference campuses, the C-SPAN Bus rolled into town early last Thursday morning to set up shop in front of Scharbauer Hall and Frog Fountain.

Students and educators alike were welcomed aboard the bus, a 45-foot mobile multimedia learning center equipped with newsroom-quality production equipment, touch-screen learning modules and heating – a welcome relief from the chilly outdoor temperatures.

Onboard, guests could watch streaming C-SPAN programming, take touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the branches of government, and explore mobile devices demonstrating social media apps. By bringing educational public affairs resources directly to the people, C-SPAN hopes to advance its mission of increasing the public’s political knowledge and boosting civic engagement.

A group of nine journalism students from TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication were selected to take part in a special educational exercise: a Skype Q&A with political pundit and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.

From a mini-studio in the back of the bus, the young journalists practiced their reporting skills by participating in a live broadcast where they asked Kristol questions. The topic of discussion was the future of the Republican Party, and questions included GOP efforts to reach out to Latino voters and the Party’s strategy for the upcoming elections.

cspan-bus-interiorThe featured students were Lily Lamas, Samantha Ehlinger, Richard Escobedo, Maddie Schmitt, Michelle Bürden, Matt Jennings, Kendall Morris, Katie Newville and Jordan Rubio.

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