June 3, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM  / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Cox's Take Charge! Educates on Internet Safety and Provides Family-Friendly Programming
Save Our History Awards Recognize Leaders in History Preservation & Education
Court TV Announces Anti-Bullying Legislation, Hosts Panel Discussion
Bright House Networks Will Honor Outstanding Educators in Washington, D.C.
Comcast SportsNet Hosts Dialogue About Steroid Use in Schools
Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Refer a Peer to CTPAA Membership and Get $20
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Cox's Take Charge! Educates on Internet Safety and Provides Family-Friendly Programming
Cox is helping parents take control of their family's television and Internet viewing habits by continuing to make strides with their Take Charge! Smart Choices for Your Cox Digital Home initiative. June is Internet Safety Month and according to a recent survey that Cox commissioned in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, many parents are not monitoring their children's activity online. While nearly half of the parents surveyed do monitor their children's online activity, 51% did not even know that monitoring tools are available. In addition, many parents were not familiar with popular chat room and messenger lingo, including phrases like POS (Parents Over Shoulder) and P911 (Parent Alert) that some teens use to warn the people they're chatting with that parents are watching. Complete survey results as well as a glossary of common Internet lingo and other helpful tips for parents are just a few of the resources available for parents on the Take Charge! Web site.

To promote awareness of the tools and software parents can access to better protect their children online, Cox's Take Charge! partner John Walsh, children's advocate and host of "America's Most Wanted," spoke about the topic on national television and radio programs last month. Walsh will also host a program airing on Cox cable channels in June that will highlight steps parents can take to protect their children.

Take Charge! also educates parents on how to control their televisions to prevent children from watching inappropriate programming. Now Cox is taking an extra step and offering a special family-friendly programming block on Sunday evenings. Cox Family Fun Night, beginning Sunday, June 5, is designed to bring families together to enjoy commercial-free programming that is appropriate for all ages. Cox systems across the country will air content from Noggin, Nickelodeon, and Nick at Nite on their local origination channels. Beginning at 7 p.m., the evening will include pre-school programming from Noggin and movies and cartoons from Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite.

Take Charge! was launched in 2004 to increase awareness and use of parental controls and Internet filtering tools available to consumers. For more information, contact David Grabert at david.grabert@cox.com.
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 Save Our History Awards Recognize Leaders in History Preservation & Education
The History Channel's Save Our History Awards were presented during a ceremony at the City Museum of Washington, D.C., on May 24 to local communities and education organizations that demonstrated outstanding commitment to history education and preservation of local history. The History Channel created the awards program as an extension of its Save Our History philanthropic initiative that demonstrates the network's commitment to inspiring, motivating, and educating local communities about the importance of preserving the past.

Three grand prizes were awarded to outstanding preservation programs. The Fairmont Save Our History Preservation Award, a $10,000 prize honoring outstanding commitment to preservation and history education, was awarded to the "Silsby Restoration Project" of the Friendship Fire Department. The fire department, based in Friendship, NY, focused on preserving the first pieces of equipment purchased by the community in 1881, including a Silsby steam-powered fire pump, a hose cart, 1,000 feet of hose and a pre-heater for the steamer.

The Bank of America Save Our History Classroom Award, a $10,000 prize given to the school or education organization that demonstrates commitment through projects and lesson plans, was awarded to "Teaching from the Grave," a program of Minnesauke Elementary School in East Setauket, NY. The school partnered with the Three Village Historical Society to teach students the importance of recording, organizing and interpreting historical information from cemetery gravestones to explore their community's history.

A final $10,000 prize, the Lowe's Save Our History Community Award for superior commitment by a preservation organization or community group, was presented for a project from New Orleans, "A Dollop of History: An Oral History Project to Preserve the Culinary Heritage of New Orleans." This program encouraged students to engage in intergenerational conversations to gather information about the culinary roots of their communities and families. Project artifacts, including video and audio recordings, recipes, and photographs will be permanently archived at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

The History Channel also honored national leaders who have shown exemplary dedication to preserving America's treasures for future generations. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was honored for his commitment to historical preservation programs such as the Veteran's History Project, created by Congress under his watch to preserve stories of wartime service, and the Teaching American History Grant program, which awards grants to local educational agencies to promote and improve the quality of American history education. Hastert himself was a history and government teacher for 16 years in Yorkville, Ill., before being elected to Congress.

Warrie Price, president of the Battery Conservancy was honored for her work to raise more than $57 million in public and private funds since 1994 to rebuild the Battery, 23 waterfront acres that amount to the largest open public space in downtown Manhattan. Thanks to Price's determination the Battery's Castle Clinton National Monument, a treasured landmark, hosts over 16 million people each year.

Bob Young, mayor of Augusta, Ga., was honored for embodying the spirit of Save Our History by inspiring his constituents to take action to preserve their own hometown legacy. Young's influence is also felt nationally where he serves in many roles including on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation where he chairs the Preservations Initiative Committee.

Other Save Our History efforts include a grant program to aid community preservation and education projects, an educator's manual and lesson plans for teachers, and original documentaries. Save Our History was a finalist for the CTPAA Golden Beacon Award this year. For more information, contact Kathie Gordon at kathie.gordon@aetn.com.
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 Court TV Announces Anti-Bullying Legislation, Hosts Panel Discussion
Court TV's Choices and Consequences initiative hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill last month and announced new legislation aimed at curbing bullying and harassment in schools and on the Internet. The Anti-Bullying Act of 2005 (H.R. 284) represents the efforts of a coalition of education, law enforcement, health, civil rights, and other advocates addressing an important problem in U.S. communities. Approximately 160,000 children miss school every day because they fear being attacked or intimidated by their peers. The Anti-Bullying Act of 2005 will amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to specifically require districts and schools to prevent and appropriately respond to instances of bullying and harassment as part of an ongoing effort to keep kids safe.

The panel discussion, moderated by Al Roker, featured representatives from education, law enforcement, government, parents and students. Panel members included Bill Modzeleski, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education; Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL); Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL); Dr. Paul Houston, American Association of School Administrators; Dr. Parry Aftab, lawyer and founder of WiredSafety.org; and Carrie Bell, parent of a bullied child. Other special guests included Jacalyn Leavitt, former first lady of Utah and chair of iKeepsafe.org, an organization that teaches Internet safety to kids and parents; and Henry Schleiff, CEO of Court TV.

Student voices were represented by members of WiredSafety's Teenangels, a group of 13 to 18-year old volunteers who are specially trained by the FBI and local law enforcement in aspects of online safety, privacy and security. The Teenangels asked the panelists questions about bullying in schools and the unique concerns regarding cyberbullying.

This event is part of Court TV's Choices and Consequences, winner of the 2000 CTPAA Golden Beacon Award, an initiative that aims to empower youth to make responsible decisions and to contribute positively to society. Choices and Consequences is designed to sensitize young people to the risks of aggressive behavior and to help make them aware that decisions made in a moment can have consequences for a lifetime. For more information, contact Scoot MacPherson at smacpherson@courttv.com.
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 Bright House Networks Will Honor Outstanding Educators in Washington, D.C.
Bright House Networks will present their Star Teacher Awards at a dinner in Washington, DC, next week. The Star Teacher Awards salute and reward educators who develop creative learning experiences utilizing cable programming to enhance the quality of education. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards banquet.

Bright House Networks received 33 entries from 58 teachers representing 22 schools in Florida and Indiana service areas. A panel of eight education leaders including representatives from Cable in the Classroom, the National Education Association and the National PTA judged the entries. Ten outstanding projects were chosen to receive awards and 24 teachers involved with these projects will come to Washington to be honored on June 9th. These innovative teachers used cable programming to engage students in learning about a variety of topics from the Iraqi elections to the Maori native people of New Zealand to a very regionally-relevant topic, hurricane safety.

While in D.C. the honorees will also tour the Library of Congress and have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders including Congressman John Mica (R-Fla.). Special guests at the awards dinner will include Robert Miron, chairman & CEO of Advance/Newhouse Communications, Congressman Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), and keynote speaker Helen Soulé, executive director of Cable in the Classroom. For more information, contact Reinaldo Llano at reinaldo.llano@mybrighthouse.com.
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 Comcast SportsNet Hosts Dialogue About Steroid Use in Schools
Comcast SportsNet hosted a town hall meeting last week that addressed a timely issue, the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. The one-hour special, "Sports and Steroids: Performance Enhancing Drugs in Schools" featured athletes, coaches, parents and students. The special was designed to educate young people about the dangers and consequences of steroid use. It included a panel discussion, with panel members representing the sports and health industry, taped messages from athletes, and a question and answer session where student-athletes asked pointed questions to the panel members. The special aired locally on Comcast SportsNet and will be made available nationally through Comcast's Video-On-Demand service.

Filmed May 25 at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, the town hall meeting featured special guests: former Major League Baseball player Joe Canseco; former National Football League player and Comcast SportsNet Chicago commentator Dan Jiggets; Villanova University Head Football Coach Andy Talley; Dr. Arthur Caplan, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Richard Carella, chief of Radiation Oncology for Main Line Health; Dr. Joel Fish, Director of The Center For Sport Psychology in Philadelphia; and Saint Joseph's Prep Football Coach Gil Brooks. Comcast SportsNet's Neil Hartman moderated the meeting. For more information, contact Chris Helein at chelein@comcastsportsnet.com.
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 Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Do you want to become more involved in CTPAA by helping to plan FORUM 2006, the Beacon awards or other association programs? Then sign up today for a CTPAA committee. The association is recruiting volunteers for the FORUM and Beacon Committees and the three Board Committees. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2006 to the industry. Beacon Committee volunteers will plan the complete 2006 Beacon Awards process from promotion of the deadlines to the judging process 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.  Visit the CTPAA Web site to fill out a volunteer form.  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.
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 Refer a Peer to CTPAA Membership and Get $20
FORUM. Beacons. Networking. Best Practices. 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 CTPAA. As a token of appreciation, CTPAA will send members a $20 gift certificate from Amazon.com or from Borders Book Store for each new cable television public affairs professional who joins CTPAA through their recommendation. The name of the referring member must appear on the new member's paid application. To access a referral form, click here.
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a 2005 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
Disney & ESPN Cable Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gemstar-TV Guide
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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