November 3, 2006-About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2007 / Beacon Awards

Inside this Issue:
Only 14 Days Until the 2007 Beacon Awards Deadline!
Congratulations to Christine McCafferty!
Cox Connects Day Draws Over 650 Volunteers
Nominate a Colleague for the Public Affairs Achievement Award
Discovery Channel Announces "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year"
Holiday Concert to Raise Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Judge the 2007 Beacon Awards
Bright House Networks Announces Star Teacher Awards Competition
Retirement Living to Provide Information on Medicare
Independent Film Channel's Film School Expands
Job Opening at C-SPAN
Thank You, Corporate Members!

 Only 14 Days Until the 2007 Beacon Awards Deadline!

There are now only 14 days left to submit your public affairs initiatives for entry into the 2007 Beacon Awards!  While you still have time to prepare and send your entry, you should begin working on your submission now. 

As you prepare your entry for shipping, make sure you have completed all of the necessary steps involved in submitting a Beacon Award.  For instance, you might want to review your entry to ensure that you have chosen a category that best reflects your project.  Projects may be submitted in more than one category as long as each entry is accompanied by a separate entry form, complete copies of all materials and payment for each submission.  Descriptions of each category can be found in the Beacon Awards Call for Entries.  Additionally, each entry must be classified according to the number of subscribers the system or network serves and company type.  This information can also be found in the Call for Entries

The core of each Beacon entry is the three-page project summary that allows you to describe the aspects of the project that make it worthy of a Beacon Award.  You might want to take a look at how past entrants formatted their project summaries by logging into the members-only section of the CTPAA Web site. Here, you will be able to read the project summaries of previous years' finalists by logging in using your email address as the user name and your last name as the password (all in lower case letters). An addendum should also be submitted on a disk or CD in a Word or ASCII file and contain a short description of no more than 120 words highlighting the overall objectives and impact of your projects. Should your entry be selected for an award, the addendum will be reproduced in Multichannel News.  Finally, the summary should contain the contact name, company, address, entry title and category and should be no more than three pages long.

As you prepare to close the box and ship your entry to CTPAA, be sure you are sending everything in the proper format. Two completed entry forms should accompany each entry.  Eight copies of the three-page project summary should be packaged in a binder or on a board along with relevant support materials.  Video highlights should be submitted on DVD (preferred) or 1/2" VHS tape.  As no live URL's will be accepted, electronic media should be sent as print material or as a CD-ROM or DVD with the appropriate files and directions for viewing.  Make sure all materials are packed securely so they are not damaged in shipping.  All components must be labeled with the contact name, company, address, entry title and category. 

Payment should be included with each entry.  On the entry form be sure to indicate if you are including a membership payment along with your submission.  Additionally, multiple entries can be paid for with the same check or credit card as long as a list is included detailing which entries are covered by the payment.  Make sure if you are sending multiple entries that each entry is labeled properly and contains the correct entry form and three-page project summary.

For more information regarding preparing your Beacon Awards entries consult the Beacon Awards Call for Entries or the Frequently Asked Questions page of the CTPAA Web site.  Additionally, contact Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372 for assistance with any last minute questions.
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 Congratulations to Christine McCafferty!

Christine McCafferty, Director of Community Relations for Comcast in San Jose, Calif., submitted the first eleven entries to the 2007 Beacon Awards.  Join Christine by submitting eleven of your own entries by the final deadline of November 17.  For more informaion on the 2007 Beacon Awards, visit
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 Cox Connects Day Draws Over 650 Volunteers

Over 650 Cox Communications employees donated more than 3,000 hours of community service at the annual Cox Connects Day held on October 21. The national day of service benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with projects tailored to the needs of 50 local clubs that serve 50,000 children. 

 Cox employees and their families worked on a variety of projects that included painting and refurbishing clubs across the country.  Volunteers in New Orleans and Omaha designed and improved landscaping while corporate employees at the company's Atlanta headquarters painted murals on the outside of a local club, worked on landscaping projects, constructed playground benches and picnic tables, and organized the club's conference room.  In Las Vegas, Cox volunteers created a Cox Learning Technology Center, installing coutertops and ten computers at a Las Vegas club.  In addition to the creation of the learning center, employees installed cabinets, painted the club and cleaned the playground.

The third annual Cox Connects Day saw an increase in the number of systems participating, with 14 systems (including Cox's corporate office) donating their employees to projects across the country. Cox Connects Day is an extension of the company's technology partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.   Cox wires many local clubs and provides them with free or discounted high-speed Internet and cable service as well as other in-kind and cash contributions valued in the millions of dollars.  For more information on Cox Connects Day, contact Kimberly Thomas at
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 Nominate a Colleague for the Public Affairs Achievement Award

Is there a cable public affairs executive whom you have admired and believe should be recognized by the industry? If so, nominate him or her for the Public Affairs Achievement Award. Presented annually during FORUM, the award recognizes and honors individual members for their outstanding contributions to cable public affairs in the categories of community relations, government relations, media relations or local programming. The 2006 winners were Al Aldridge of Bright House Networks, Paul Jacobson of Adelphia Communications, Libby O'Connell of A&E Television Networks and Meredith Wagner of Lifetime Television.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Current Member of CTPAA
  • Member of CTPAA for a minimunm of three (3) years
  • Worked in public affairs a minimum of five (5) years
  • Supports the goals of CTPAA
  • Employed by a MSO, Local Cable System, Cable Network, Industry Supplier, or Industry Nonprofit Organization
  • Individuals are eligible to receive the award once for each of the four categories.

The nomination deadline for the fourth annual Public Affairs Achievement Award is January 2, 2007.  Awards will be presented during FORUM 2007, held March 11-14 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. For information on nominations, please visit the membership page of the CTPAA Web site.
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 Discovery Channel Announces Top Young Scientist

A panel of judges at the 8th annual Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge chose 14-year old Nolan Kamitaki as "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year."  Kamitaki, a student at Waiakea Intermediate School in Hilo, Hawaii, was selected as the grand-prize winner from a group of forty top young scientists in the nation and was awarded a $20,000 scholarship. Second place winner Jacob Hurwitz of Rockville, Md. and third place winner Amy David of Pinedale, Wy. also received scholarships. 

The theme of this year's Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) was "Disease Detectives" and featured a series of challenges in which selected students investigated health concerns, their causes and their impact from avian flu to obesity.  The National Institute of Health collaborated with DCYSC in the final round of the 2006 challenge by hosting this year's program and by working with the competition's lead scientists to formulate and design the experiments built around current health trend issues.

Finalists were chosen from an initial pool of 70,000 students who entered science fairs nationwide affiliated with Science Service.  Of these 70,000 students, 1,900 formal entries were chosen resulting in 400 semifinalists.  The forty finalists were announced in August and hailed from 20 states and the District of Columbia.  Finalists were chosen based on their written essays about science fair projects that each had presented at their local schools.  During the finals, the students presented their research to judges and the public, using their communication and creative thinking skills to explain the complexities of their research, a core objective of Discovery's efforts.

The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge was created by Discovery Communications and Science Service to provide students the opportunity to test their knowledge and push their limits.  The program also encourages students to be great science communicators by giving them the opportunity to share what they know with others.  DCYSC is administered by Science Service, a non-profit organization advancing the understanding and appreciation of science around the globe, and was created in 1999 to help address America's chronic underachievement in science and math.  The DCYSC is the nation's premier science contest for students in grades 5-8.  The full list of the 40 finalists can be found at  For more information on the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge, contact Michelle Russo at 240-662-2901 or
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 Holiday Concert to Raise Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Cablevision and Rainbow Media will once again host the Lustgarten Holiday Rock & Roll Bash on Thursday, December 7 at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City. Created in 2001 with the assistance of Cablevision, Rainbow Media and Madison Square Garden, the Rock and Roll Bash  is currently in its sixth year and supports the foundation's mission of raising funds and awareness for the battle against pancreatic cancer. The "Bash" has helped raise millions of dollars to support pancreatic cancer research.

The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a not-for-profit organization established in August 1998 to advance the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. The Foundation was named for Marc Lustgarten, Vice Chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Foundation concentrates on stimulating the scientific community to conduct the research necessary to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

For individual reservations to the Bash or more information on The Lustgarten Foundation, please call 516-803-2304 or visit For information about corporate sponsorships, please contact the event office at 516-803-2354. 
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 Judge the 2007 Beacon Awards

Want to get ahead for next year's Beacon Awards?  CTPAA is inviting its members to judge the 2007 Beacon Awards and get a glimpse of what your public affairs colleagues are accomplishing.  Serving as a judge for the 2007 Beacon Awards gives you insight into various public affairs initiatives and leaves you with many ideas for your own organization.  You may come away with inspiration for a new campaign or for a future Beacon Award entry.  First round judging will be held all day January 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. with a welcome reception hosted by NCTA the evening of January 9.  To volunteer, fill out a judging form and return it to Michelle Butler via fax at 202-222-2371 or email at
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 Bright House Networks Announces Star Teacher Awards Competition

Bright House Networks is encouraging educators to start thinking of classroom projects to enter in the 18th annual Star Teacher Awards Program.  The program recognizes teachers who use Cable in the Classroom  to help develop creative classroom projects that enhance the learning experience.  Sponsored by Discovery Channel and NBC Universal Cable, the program recognizes each Star Teacher winner with a share of a $10,000 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Chicago, a Tiffany Crystal Star, an opportunity to compete for a special prize from SELF Magazine, and an invitation to attend the annual Star Teacher Awards Gala held this year at Soundstage 33 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.  Each school that has a teacher as a finalist will also receive a new laptop computer for the school's media center.

A maximum of ten projects are chosen each year as winning entries.  Last year, 21 teachers representing ten projects won the award.  One of the winning entries included "The Rising Sun in the Land of Sunshine" from Stewart Middle Magnet School.  As a result of this project, students were able to learn about Japan and Japanese culture through programming on a variety of cable networks and Web sites such as The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, A&E Biography, The Food Network and CNN.

To be eligible to enter projects for consideration in the National Star Teacher Awards, teachers must be in a state accredited public or private school (K-12) and located within a Bright House Networks service area.  Projects should have occurred between September 1, 2006, and February 15, 2007.  The entry submission deadline is March 1, 2007, and the winners will be announced at the end of March.  For more information on the Star Teacher Awards, visit or contact Kena Lewis at 407-210-3177 or
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 Retirement Living to Provide Information on Medicare

"Retirement Living," an organization that provides programming blocks to the "retirement" population, is offering free 30- and 60-minute programming focused on issues around the Medicare D enrollment period beginning November 15 and lasting through December 31.  This programming is available for use by NCTA member companies and addresses the needs of the 70 million retirement-age Americans seeking information on Medicare Open Enrollment.

The seven, full-length programs offered by "Retirement Living" will cover questions such as "What is Medicare D?," "Who can apply?," "What are my choices?," "How much does the plan cost?" and more. "Retirement Living" will also offer a 60-minute DVD featuring highlights of all the Medicare segments.

"Retirement Living" targets Americans age 55 and over and is carried to 24 million households.  For more information on the available programming, contact Patrick Baldwin at Pbaldwin@RL.TV.  
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 Independent Film Channel's Film School Expands

Rainbow Affiliate Marketing is expanding the Independent Film Channel's "Film School" to four new markets this fall.  The standards-based educational initiative that uses student filmmaking to expand the learning experience will launch in four Mediacom Communications territories.  Schools in each area will receive a donation of five state-of-the-art video cameras during presentations featuring local cable and IFC executives.

The program debuted in the Toledo, Ohio, area this year with support from the Buckeye Cable System. Comcast donated equipment to the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Bucks County, Pa., where movies created by the students in the school were part of the fifth annual "Bucks Fever FilmFest."  IFC's "Film School" program provides technology and classroom guides to help instructors teach the core English curriculum with added learning in the areas of screen writing, film production and criticism.  For more information on the Film School, visit
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 Job Opening at C-SPAN

C-SPAN is currently searching for an Education Coordinator who will be responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the C-SPAN Classroom membership system, including the membership database and its functionality.  The Education Coordinator also functions as the administrative coordinator for ongoing education programs and special projects, working as part of the four-person C-SPAN education team to create video clips and write classroom content for members.  In addition, the Education Coordinator facilitates logistics for on-site teacher workshops and travels on the C-SPAN School Bus each quarter as well as to education trade shows as needed. To apply, please visit C-SPAN Jobs Listing.  
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 Thank You Corporate Members!

Join and support CTPAA by becoming a 2007 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter 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
Smithsonian Networks
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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