Register Early for FORUM 2004 and Save $50
Register for FORUM 2004 by December 31, 2003, and save $50 on the advance registration rate of $625 and save $150 from the final registration (March 5, 2004, or after) rate of $725. The theme for FORUM 2004 is "Communicating Cable's Value" and will be woven throughout the general sessions and break-out panels during CTPAA's 19th annual educational conference, scheduled for March 21 to 24, 2004, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme reflects the event's focus on how cable public affairs professionals can effectively communicate cable's value and technologically superior platform to customers, media, and government officials.

FORUM 2004 has already received speaking commitments from several esteemed industry executives including Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable; Susan Packard, President, New Ventures, Scripps Networks; Carl Vogel, President and CEO, Charter Communications; Johnathan Rodgers, President & CEO, Radio One TV; and Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association. For information about FORUM 2004 registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit

 Nevada School Named After Cox's Steve Schorr
The Clark County School District has named a school after Steve Schorr, vice president public and government affairs for Cox Communications Las Vegas System. Schorr was one of three people chosen out of a pool of more than 160 nominees for their significant contributions to education or the community. Private citizens, not company officials, nominated Schorr and coordinated the effort for him to receive this honor because of his long-standing commitment to children. For more than 25 years, Schorr has been active in civic organizations, public service agencies and youth groups. His efforts and belief in partnerships brought such educational programs as the Homework Hotline and Cable in the Classroom into being.

 Mediacom Awards Scholarships to Midwestern Graduating High School Seniors
Mediacom awarded 25 $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in 2003. World Class, Mediacom's scholarship program, helps graduating high school students manage their college tuition, books and other expenses. The selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic achievement and leadership. Determining factors include participation in school activities, honors received, references of two educators, and participation in community activities. Applicants must be legal residents of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information on Mediacom's scholarship program, contact

 Nominate A Member for the CTPAA Public Affairs Achievement Award
Is there a cable public affairs executive whom you have admired and believe should be recognized by the industry? 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 eligibility requirements are:

  • Current member of CTPAA
  • Member of CTPAA for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Worked in public affairs a minimum of five (5) years
  • Supports the goals of the CTPAA
  • Employed by a MSO, Local System, Cable Network, Industry Supplier, or industry nonprofit organization
  • Individuals are eligible to receive the award once for each of the four categories.
  • The current CTPAA President is not eligible for nomination until two years after his or her term in office.

Nominations must include a completed and signed nomination form and a summary of qualifications, no longer than two pages, addressing the criteria below:

  • Show how the nominee has used public affairs concepts and techniques to successfully solve problems or take advantage of opportunities
  • Detail the achievements of the nominee and demonstrate how these have advanced the cable industry
  • List Beacon entry campaigns or initiatives in which the individual had a key role
  • Other awards and forms of recognition the nominee has received for public affairs related activities
  • Service to CTPAA citing offices held or committee positions
  • Up to five (5) letters seconding the nomination of no more than one page each may accompany the nomination

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.

 Cable in the Classroom Launched New Web Site for Teachers
Cable in the Classroom has launched a new, interactive, professional development Web site created for teachers. The Web site, developed by San Diego State University education researcher James Marshall, Ph.D., was created because teachers need more professional development resources and local cable operators want to do more to support education.

The site includes two sections-each designed to help teachers better understand technology in the classroom. The first, "Find Out Who We Are," answers commonly asked questions about cable's content and technology educator resources. The second, "Watch Us in Action," features multimedia case studies highlighting the many ways teachers are using the rich, varied tools. The Web site is geared to answer the essential questions about cable's resources and highlight excellent examples of what has worked for real teachers in real classrooms. The professional development site links to the CIC Web site when more information is requested. For more information, contact Cable in the Classroom's Carol Vernon at 202-775-1044 or

 Help Update the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG)
CPTAA members may recall that at the CTPAA Forum in 2001, NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department introduced the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG). Originally produced as a hardcopy notebook with an on-line component, NCTA and CTPAA are collaborating to re-launch the Guide as a full-scale, on-line searchable database with fresh information about public affairs initiatives conducted by cable companies, systems and networks at both the national and local levels.

The Public Affairs Initiatives Guide will be, in essence, an even more useful tool for those researching or seeking successful public affairs ideas and partnership opportunities that can be replicated in their own communities. The Guide can also serve as a useful demonstration of the cable industry's commitment to public affairs and the communities we serve.

To extend the Guide's reach to every public affairs professional in the industry, NCTA and CTPAA need help! Specifically, NCTA and CTPAA would like to include in the Guide descriptions of members' current public affairs initiatives, especially those that have run or were launched in the past year. To that end, a submission form is available for download from NCTA's Web sitePlease use a separate form for each initiative (complete instructions and contact information are provided on the form). Then, either e-mail or fax back the forms to NCTA Communications & Public Affairs. Completed forms should be returned to NCTA no later than Friday, January 23. The re-launched Public Affairs Initiatives Guide will appear in time for CTPAA's Forum 2004 in late March.

NCTA and CTPAA appreciate members' help and look forward to offering this valuable resource tool to the industry. Questions should be directed to Allison Frey in NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department at 202.775.3629 or

 Job Opening
Bresnan Communications is looking for a Public Relations Coordinator with approximately 3-5 years professional experience in the cable industry. Candidate should be a strong writer and editor with the ability to shift priorities as necessary in a fast-paced work setting. College degree required, concentration in journalism or communications is preferred. This person will be based in our corporate headquarters, located in Purchase, NY. For more information, please contact Maureen Huff at

 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.

 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to

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

Bresnan Communications
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
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems