CTPAA at the National Show

CTPAA is sponsoring a session entitled, "Cable's Local Advantage: Public Affairs and the Bottom Line," at NCTA's fifty-third Annual Convention and International Exposition in New Orleans from May 2-5. Moderated by CTPAA president Peter Kiley, director, affiliate relations for C-SPAN, CTPAA's session will be on Tuesday, May 4 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will explore how portraying the right image of a cable company with a local face can drive consumer decisions. CTPAA leaders will discuss how operator/programmer public affairs initiatives increase awareness, sales, and support for digital cable, interactive services, VoIP, and broadband deployment. Topics will include how ad sales teams create a "win-win" situation by tapping into local businesses wishing to have their names affiliated with community outreach programs and how marketing/public affairs partnerships can receive the biggest bang for the cable company's buck. Panel speakers include David Cohn, general manager, MTV2; Ellen East, vice president, communications and public affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.; James Gordon, vice president, public affairs, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.; and Scoot MacPherson, senior vice president, public and government affairs, Courtroom Television Network.

 FORUM 2004 and Beacon Photographs Posted Online

CTPAA has posted on CTPAA's Web site digital pictures taken during FORUM 2004, held March 21 - 24, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. There are links to the photographs from the home page, the FORUM page and the Beacons page. There are photographs from several of FORUM's key events such as the Silent Auction, both General Sessions, and the Beacon Ceremony. The portraits of the Beacon winners with their awards are posted as well.

Members may order copies of these photographs directly from the photographer Arnold Adler. A 4" X 6" photo is $4, a 5" X 7" is $15, and a 8" X 10" is $20. All orders must include shipping charges. A photography order form is posted on the CTPAA Web site as well. It can be printed out, completed and mailed to Adler. When ordering photographs, please be sure to include the image number listed below each photograph.

If members would like an electronic version of any of these photos, please contact Michelle Butler at mbutler@ctpaa.org or (202) 775-1082. Let her know what event the picture is from and the image number. She then will email the electronic file of the photograph to you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Butler.

 MTV's Choose or Loose Campaign Partners with the Democratic and Republican National Convention Committees

MTV's "Choose or Lose 2004," the Democratic National Convention Committee, and the Republican National Convention Committee announced early this week two separate contests to name young adult speakers for both the Republican National Convention in New York City and Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA. MTV's "Choose or Lose 2004" campaign will partner with both the RNCC and DNCC on essay contests to find 18 to 24-year-old speakers who most accurately represent the views and concerns of their party and age group. This "Choose or Lose" partnership marks the first time that both political parties have coordinated efforts to offer young people a voice at their respective conventions.

The Republican National Convention and the Republican National Committee invites young adults, between the ages of 18 and 24 from across the country to enter "Stand Up and Holla!" a contest to speak on one of the nights at the 2004 Republican National Convention during prime-time. To apply for "Stand Up and Holla!" a young adult must submit an essay no longer than 300 words to the Republican National Convention Web site at http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=158735&m=36874&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.2004nycgop.org answering the question: Why is the President's call for community service important and how have you demonstrated it? A selection committee will choose 10 finalists. Once the 10 finalists are selected, the public will be able to vote on each finalist based on a short taped segment. Voting will be available on the Republican Convention Web site, the RNC's voter registration vehicle, "Reggie the Rig," and MTV.com. The winner will be announced on MTV's TRL (Total Request Live).

The Democratic National Convention essay contest, "Speak Out for the Future," will give young adults a chance to speak out about the issues that are important to them. Applicants between the ages of 18-24 are urged to submit essays via http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=158737&m=36874&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.DEMS2004.org on why politics are important to the younger generation. The winning essay writer will be invited to Boston to deliver his or her message in primetime at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The full topic for the DNCC essay contest is "Why should politics be important to youth and how can youth get more involved in the political process?" The full contest rules, online entry form, and other information are available through http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=158737&m=36874&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.DEMS2004.org and MTV.com. A selection committee will choose 10 finalists. Once the 10 finalists are selected, the public will be able to vote on each finalist based on a short taped segment. Voting will be available on the Democratic Convention Web site, and MTV.com. The winner will be announced on MTV's TRL.

Originally launched in 1992, "Choose or Lose" is MTV's comprehensive, pro-social campaign to inform young adults about the political process, voice their most urgent political concerns, compel leading Presidential candidates to address those concerns, and mobilize massive numbers of young adults aged 18-30 to register and vote. In 2004, MTV's "Choose or Lose" on-air and off-air programming will include regular news segments, issue-based specials, candidate interviews, primary and convention coverage and grass-roots events, and will culminate with an election night wrap-up.

 Cox Communications Honors Inspirational Student Heroes

For the 12th year, Cox Communications recognized the amazing and overwhelming achievements made by young students (K-12) in the New Orleans, Louisiana, area despite the physical, emotional, psychological or social challenges they face on a daily basis. The Annual Cox Inspirational Student Heroes Program celebrated the accomplishments of the everyday heroes from local public, private and parochial schools and honored those student achievers at a special hero recognition program held in their honor. Co-sponsored by Fuse Network, the event held on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, recognized student heroes who lead meaningful, productive lives, despite the personal adversity in their lives.

Cox representatives, area superintendents, and administrators joined over 800 educators, parents and friends in attendance to celebrate the will and determination of these young heroes despite the obstacles they have to overcome. Honorees included Carl Franklin, Jr., a sixth-grader who used the fire safety tips learned at school and rescued his younger brother when their family home was on fire, and fifth-grader Dominick Poche, who was born with many life-threatening medical conditions but has progressed to the point the he no longer needs a feeding tube and can actively participate in school.

Over the past 12 years, Cox has recognized nearly 2,000 student heroes. Inspired by a quote from Booker T. Washington, "Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed," Cox's program recognizes and rewards the youth of today for accepting the challenges in their lives so bravely and confronting them with unbelievable determination. It highlights the silent heroes, their families, relatives and friends who have had to deal with sometimes trying circumstances.

 Volunteer for a CTPAA Committee!

CTPAA is recruiting volunteers for Board, FORUM, and Beacon Committees. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2005 to the industry. Beacon volunteers manage the complete 2005 Beacon Awards process from promotion of the deadlines to judging the entries to the Beacon Awards Gala. The three Board Committees develop association programs and include Create a Favorable Environment for Business Growth, Provide Professional Development Resources and Recognition, and Strengthen CTPAA's Effectiveness. For more information on FORUM or Board Committees, contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or at sjones@ctpaa.org. For information on the Beacon committee, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or at mbutler@ctpaa.org.

 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 sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202/775-1083. For membership details, go to (ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml).

2004 Golden Benefactors

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

2004 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

2004 Friends & Associates

Bresnan Communications
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Game Show Network
Gemstar-TV Guide
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
Starz Encore Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association



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