CTPAA Board Approves Award Honoring Outstanding Achievement
During its September 17, 2003 meeting, the CTPAA Board of Directors approved a new award to recognize and honor individual members for their outstanding contributions to cable public affairs. Known as the Public Affairs Achievement Award, it will be presented annually during FORUM to individual members for their work in the categories of community relations, government relations, media relations or local programming. The nomination deadline for the inaugural edition of this annual award is December 31, 2003. For more information about the award or to obtain a nomination form please go to the membership page of the CTPAA Web site.

 Discovery Channel Launches Contest in Celebration of Flight's Centennial
The Discovery Channel is partnering with affiliates across the country on a promotion called the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Contest. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flight, the contest encourages kids to learn about flying and science and will run October 1-November 30, 2003.

To enter the contest, children ages 10-14 have to answer 12 trivia questions related to the science of flight on discovery.com. The grand-prize winner will be selected at random from those entries with the highest number of correct answers and will win a trip to flight camp including high performance jet simulation flight training. The winner will also host a flight-themed spot featured during programming breaks on Discovery Channel's Assignment Discovery. Daily winners will be selected from all entries submitted on discovery.com and will receive Discovery Channel hand-held flight simulators.

The Discovery Channel has also created two programs in celebration of the 100th anniversary of flight: The Wright Brothers: First in Flight, which aired earlier this month, and Countdown to Kitty Hawk: Centennial Celebration, which will air on December 17. For more information about Discovery Channel's Young Scientist Contest, contact Amelia Zimmern at amelia_zimmern@discovery.com.

CTPAA Members Recognized in Collaborative Marketing Competition
Six CTPAA members were recognized for their contributions by CTAM, Cable World and Turner Network Television for collaborative marketing initiatives integrating marketing, local ad sales and public affairs departments by operators, programmers and industry suppliers.

Cindy McConkey, vice president, corporate communications and Stephanie Porter, public affairs coordinator, Scripps Networks were recognized with a first place entry in the programmer/supplier category, DYI-Do It Yourself Network and Habitat for Humanity International Create National Public Affairs Partnership. McConkey along with colleagues from Scripps Networks overviewed their collaborative initiative in New York City September 18, 2003 during CTAM's Collaborative Marketing Seminar.

Also honored for their work with second place entries (three way tie) in the programmer/supplier category were Carole Shander, vice president, public relations, Court TV for the entry Safety Challenge and Digital Fingerprinting for Kids; Erica Conaty, vice president, affiliate marketing, Bravo and Mark Hotz, senior vice president, marketing, NBC Cable Networks for the entry Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Launch Promotion; and Jennifer Geisser, vice president, public relations, We: Women's Entertainment for the entry, Me Time.

The Weather Channel Launches New Web Site, http://www.magnetmail.net/Actions/linktosite.cfm?message_id=18589&user_id=CTPPA&recipient_id=6872048&site=http://www.weatherclassroom.com
The Weather Channel has launched a new educational web site designed for teachers, parents and students. The site was developed to support the Weather Channel's affiliation with Cable in the Classroom, and is divided into three sections: For Teachers, For Parents, and For Students.

Teachers can use the Web site to search by grade level, subject, program title, or keyword for comprehensive lesson plans to supplement programs from The Weather Channel. Students have the opportunity to develop their own interactive forecasts and learn about careers in meteorology. and also have online access to a glossary of weather terms and a storm encyclopedia. The Web site provides parents with a homework help section to assist their children with weather-related assignments. For more information about weatherclassroom.com, contact Stacy Kirk at skirk@weather.com.

 The 2004 Beacon Awards Call for Entries Mailed to Industry
2004 Beacon Awards entry forms can be found in the September 22, 2003 issue ofMultichannel News, the co-sponsor of the award program with CTPAA. Additionally, in early October, all association members will be mailed an entry form. Beacon entry forms may also be obtained by going to the Beacon page of the CTPAA Web site. The early bid deadline for the 2004 Beacon Awards, which allows CTPAA members to save $50, is November 7, 2003. The regular deadline is November 21, 2003.

CTPAA will announce the winners of the 2004 Beacon Awards during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at FORUM 2004, the cable industry's annual educational conference dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals. FORUM 2004 will be held March 21-24, 2004, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information on the 2004 Beacon Awards, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or via email at mbutler@ctpaa.org.

 Anastacia Spokesperson for Lifetime Television's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" Campaign
Singer/songwriter Anastacia will serve as Lifetime Television's spokesperson in their award-winning public awareness campaign, "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Breast Cancer for Life." In its ninth year, Lifetime's campaign uses on-air programming, online resources, and community outreach to increase breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Diagnosed with breast cancer, Anastacia has become devoted to educating young women about early detection. As part of the campaign, Anastacia will perform in the October 23rd "Women Rock!" breast cancer awareness concert and will serve as an advocate in the bill to end "drive through" mastectomies. Lifetime is also adding the Anastacia Fund, part of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to the network's group of partner organizations working together to educate and spread awareness on breast cancer. In addition to the Anastacia Fund, Lifetime is partnering with other non-profit breast cancer advocacy groups including Breast Cancer Action, breastcancer.org, the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), Nueva Vida, SHARE, Sisters Network, Inc., Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the Young Survival Coalition.

Throughout October, Lifetimetv.com will provide breast cancer information and resources on treatments and early detection. Also available online are "Ask the Expert" columns by leading breast cancer experts and an online petition to end the practice of "drive through" mastectomies. For more information about Lifetime's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" campaign, contact Julie Rothman at jrothman@lifetimetv.com.

 Judge the 2004 Beacons
CTPAA invites its members to choose the best of the best cable public affairs initiatives of the past year by being a 2004 Beacon Awards judge. To volunteer, complete the Beacon judge form and send it to CTPAA. As a Beacon judge, CTPAA members will learn what cable public affairs professionals across the country are accomplishing and will walk away from the experience with dozens of new ideas. The first round of Beacon judging will be all day January 14 and 15 in Washington, DC, with a welcome reception hosted by NCTA on the evening of January 13. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or mbutler@ctpaa.org.

 Refer CTPAA to Your Peers and Receive a $20 Gift Certificate
FORUM. Beacons. Networking. These are just a few of the many benefits that come with membership in CTPAA. Help your peers succeed in cable public affairs by encouraging them to join the Cable Television Public Affairs Association. As a token of appreciation, CTPAA will send members a $20 gift certificate from Amazon.com or Borders Book Store for each new (upon receiving payment) cable television public affairs professional who joins CTPAA through their recommendation. The name of the referring member must appear on the new member's application. For your convenience, Refer Your Peer flyers will be included in future CTPAA mailings. The Refer Your Peer program was designed based on the recommendation of the CTPAA Membership Sub-Committee.

 Thank You Corporate Members!
Bresnan Communications is CTPAA's most recent corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to http://www.magnetmail.net/Actions/linktosite.cfm?message_id=18589&user_id=CTPPA&recipient_id=6872048&site=http://www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems