July 1, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
2005 Public Affairs Institute Brochure Available Online
Comcast More than Doubles Commitment to Bowen Diversity Internship Program
World Wrestling Entertainment Urges Fans to Write Letters Thanking Troops
2005 Beacon Finalists Three-Page Summaries Available on CTPAA Web Site
Lifetime Honored by American Association of University Women with Media Award
Bright House Networks Employees Hit the Road to Fight Multiple Sclerosis
Cox New Orleans Recognized as Distinguished Partner in Education
Thank You Corporate Members!

 2005 Public Affairs Institute Brochure Available Online
Registration will start soon for the second annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute, November 14-16, 2005, at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. CTPAA members will be individually mailed a brochure outlining the program within the next 10-14 days. Detailed information is also available on the CTPAA Web site, including an electronic version of the 2005 Institute brochure.

Held in partnership with The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, this three-day graduate level program is specifically targeted at mid to senior level public affairs executives who are willing to challenge themselves to develop the enhanced skill sets necessary to meet the challenge of today's competitive marketplace.

Applications will be accepted beginning August 1, 2005, and successful candidates will be notified in mid-October. Tuition for the program is $3,000 and includes lodging and most meals. Contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or sjones@ctpaa.org for additional information.
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 Comcast More than Doubles Commitment to Bowen Diversity Internship Program
Comcast Corporation has more than doubled its participation as a corporate sponsor in the Emma L. Bowen Foundation's multi-year work/study program to provide opportunities for minorities in media. Comcast will offer work experiences to 19 interns at properties across the country. This level of commitment represents nearly 10 percent of the Foundation's summer employment opportunities for high-achieving minority students. The Foundation's unique, five-year program provides interns with invaluable work experience and industry-specific skills while allowing them to earn a salary to help pay for higher education. Students begin the program in the summer after their junior year in high school and continue to work for the same company during school breaks until their graduation from college. As they grow in the program, they are able to take on increasing levels of responsibility and further expand their knowledge by participating in professional development workshops, a community service award program, and mentoring programs. Comcast will host nine returning interns and ten new interns this year. In addition, Comcast grants every student a $1,000 scholarship through its Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the Comcast Foundation.

More than one thousand qualified students applied for the approximately 80 positions available for the Emma L. Bowen Foundation's 2005 summer program. Currently, nearly 200 students are gaining invaluable experience through the Foundation. Approximately 70 percent of Foundation graduates accept permanent positions in the media industry after college. The Foundation was established in 1989 by the media industry to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students. For more information contact Nancy Page of Comcast at 215-981-7778 or contact the Foundation at 202-637-4494.
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 World Wrestling Entertainment Urges Fans to Write Letters Thanking Troops

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has joined America Supports You, a Department of Defense program that showcases and communicates America's support for men and women in the armed forces. By signing on, WWE is reaffirming its longstanding commitment to military men and women and their families. WWE is urging fans to participate in a letter-writing campaign to thank the troops for the sacrifices they make for the country. Fans may submit letters online and they will be entered in a drawing to win a trip to the Great American Bash, WWE's upcoming pay-per-view special that will air live from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. on July 24. Each letter writer will receive a Great American Bash poster featuring WWE diva Torrie Wilson. The letters will be posted on WWE's Web site dedicated to the military, http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=12817669&sid=577318&m=105458&u=CTPPA&s=http://troops.wwe.com/, so that troops around the world can read them. WWE's Web site also includes a link to America Supports You to direct fans to additional ways to became more involved in supporting military personnel and their families. The company will also promote America Supports You through PSAs featuring wrestling stars.

WWE has taken many other steps to support U.S. troops. The organization has sent millions of dollars worth of t-shirts, videos and DVDs, promotional items, magazines and CDs to military personnel on the front lines. WWE Superstars regularly visit military bases and hospitals at home and abroad, with regular trips to Iraq and Afghanistan and special events in Japan, Korea, and Germany. Troops returning home from the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan are often surprised by WWE Superstars, some of the first celebrities to visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. For the past two years, WWE SmackDown! Superstars have performed a televised holiday special from Iraq that was broadcast to Americans and troops around the globe. A portion of the proceeds from DVD sales of this event support the USO's Operation Care Package that sends "a touch of home" to Armed Forces deployed around the world. Through this and other fundraising activities, WWE has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the care package program and for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance to children of those who lost their lives while serving the country. For more information, contact Gary Davis, vice president of corporate communications for WWE, at 203-353-5066.
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 2005 Beacon Finalists' Three-Page Summaries Available on CTPAA Web Site
CTPAA members may now view the 2005 Beacon Finalists' three-page summaries, available on the CTPAA Web site by visiting the Beacon page or the Members-Only section. These summaries are the core of each Beacon entry and detail the planning, implementation and results of a successful cable public affairs initiative. Each year CTPAA invites all Beacon Finalists to submit their project summaries to be placed on the Web site. They can be a helpful resource to review successful public affairs initiatives or serve as a good model for preparing a 2006 Beacon entry. To view the summaries, members will be asked to log-in by entering their username (their email address) and their password (their last name), all in lowercase letters. CTPAA hosts the Beacon Awards each year to honor excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at mbutler@ctpaa.org.
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 Lifetime Honored by American Association of University Women with Media Award
Lifetime Television received the inaugural National Media Award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for its leadership on behalf of women and girls, particularly the network's "Our Lifetime Commitment" public education and advocacy campaigns. These award-winning campaigns aim to improve the lives of girls and women and their families through education, awareness and legislation. They include efforts to stop violence against women, to encourage women to register, vote and run for elected office, to raise awareness of breast cancer, and to foster self esteem in women and girls.

Lifetime received the award during the opening session of AAUW's National Convention that brought more than 1000 people to Washington, DC, beginning on June 24th. Several prominent women spoke at the convention including Jehan Sadat, women's rights activist and widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. AAUW, composed of a national network of more than 100,000 bipartisan members and 1,200 branches, has been a leading advocate for equity for women and girls since 1881.
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 Bright House Networks Employees Hit the Road to Fight Multiple Sclerosis
More than 50 Bright House Networks representatives completed the 2005 MS 150 Bike Tour: Wheels, Whales & Tails, hosted by the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Volunteers from the company's Central Florida Division, Tampa Bay Division and Florida Group Office participated in the 168-mile round trip bike tour on April 9 and 10. The company, along with its two regional news channels, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13, raised more than $7,500 for the Society and served as the event's official media sponsors.

The two-day Wheels, Whales & Tails bike ride raised a total of more than $430,000. Its scenic route took riders from Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, through Florida's Green Swamp, then to SeaWorld Adventure Park in Orlando, and back to Tampa. The funds raised benefit the Society's education, research and advocacy efforts to end the devastating effects of MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord and usually striking adults between the ages of 20 and 50.

In 2004, John Rigsby, president of Bright House Networks Florida Group Office, received the MS chapter's Silver Hope Award, the highest honor presented by the local chapter. Rigsby was given the award for his outstanding leadership, community service and philanthropy. For more information, contact Kena Lewis at kena.lewis@mybrighthouse.com.
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 Cox New Orleans Recognized as Distinguished Partner in Education
Cox Communications - New Orleans was named one of Louisiana's Distinguished Partners in Education, an honor bestowed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education. Cox earned the honor for its 25-year commitment to education in the New Orleans area. The Distinguished Partners in Education program, began in 1989, recognizes businesses, industries, associations or individuals whose contributions to education extend further than just financial resources. Winners are selected based on the impact evident in their partner schools and their sustained commitment to quality education. A panel of previous recipients and representatives from the Louisiana Department of Education chose Cox and eight other companies to receive this year's honors.

Since 1989, Cox New Orleans has invested more than $100 million of in-kind resources to improve education in its community. Cox provides over 400 public, private and parochial schools with free basic cable service and offers more than 540 hours per month of commercial-free educational programming at no cost to teachers. Annually, Cox also challenges and honors students and teachers through several educational contests and awards programs including the Cox Inspirational Student Heroes Program, Black History Art Contest, Amazing Women Essay Contest, and Excellence in Education Awards. For more information, contact Brad Grundmeyer at brad.grundmeyer@cox.com.
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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 http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=12817669&sid=577323&m=105458&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.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 Media 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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