Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

August 10, 2007- About ACC/ Membership/ FORUM/ Beacon Awards

Inside this Issue:

 Kick off the Fall Season with ACC! 

Get connected with the Association of Cable Communicators at the ESPN Zone in New York City!  ACC will host a networking reception on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the ESPN Zone on 1472 Broadway.  Guests will receive a complimentary game card and will be eligible to win door prizes throughout the evening.  Complimentary beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers will also be served. 

Don't miss this chance to network with industry associates and enhance your career!  To RSVP for the event or for more information, call ACC at 202-222-2370 or email
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 Fill Out the ACC Educational Topics Survey

The Association of Cable Communicators is planning its educational efforts for the upcoming year and needs your help!  You should have received an email this week containing a survey asking you what you would like to learn more about in cable communications and public affairs.  Your responses to the survey will assist ACC in connecting you with the information you need to enhance your career. 

Please take the time to complete the survey and submit it as soon as possible.  If you have any additional comments concerning educational topics or events, please contact Michelle Butler at 202-222-2372 or  
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 Cox Offers Free Internet Service for Oklahoma Low-Income Households

Cox Communications recently announced that it will offer one year of free Internet service to Oklahomans who qualify for Lifeline, a government assistance program that offers qualified, low-income customers a discount on their wireless phone bill.  The Cox Internet service will be available to both new and existing first-time Lifeline Internet customers. 

Customers eligible for the program can apply by calling Cox or visiting a Cox store.  The company will charge Lifeline users who receive the Internet service only half of the $15 installation fee.  After the initial year, Lifeline customers can keep the Internet service for a discounted price of $9.95 per month.  For more information on Cox's partnership with Lifeline, please contact Christine Martin at
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 Comcast Foundation Awards $15,000 Grant to Washington Region for Justice & Inclusion

The Comcast Foundation recently granted the Washington Region for Justice & Inclusion (WRJI) $15,000 to help fund the organization's annual Youth Building Bridges Institute (YBBI).  The institute sends high school students from across the Metro Washington area to a four-day camp at The Hemlock Center for Outdoor Education in Clifton, Va., where they learn about fighting the "isms" and work to build inclusive communities.  The students represent different racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and the institute helps strengthen their communications and leadership skills, empowering them to bring about change.  The camp ends with Culture Night, a talent and cultural presentation inviting family and friends to share self-expression, religious and cultural unity with  YBBI participants. 

Since 1999, The Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants to non-profit organizations in Comcast communities nationwide.  The Washington Region for Justice & Inclusion fights oppression, prejudice and discrimination through training, collaboration and mediation programs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.  For more information on the grant, please contact Jaye Linnen at 301-625-3512 or  
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 Connect Your Colleagues to ACC!

Do you have a colleague you think would benefit from membership in the Association of Cable Communicators?  Help your peers succeed in the cable industry by referring them to membership!  ACC members who refer a colleague will receive a $20 gift card of their choice to Borders or 

Membership in ACC connects communications and public affairs professionals with their colleagues in the field, offering professional development and networking opportunities such as ACC's annual conference, FORUM, in addition to various regional events throughout the year.  ACC members are also provided access to a wide variety of resources that include the ACCbriefs, the CPR Facts Newsletter and Best Practices located in the members-only section of the ACC Web site.  Finally, membership in ACC allows communications and public affairs professionals to be recognized for their hard work throughout the year by offering them the opportunity to submit initiatives for the annual Beacon Awards®.  For more information on how you can connect your colleagues to membership in ACC visit  
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 Congratulations, Betsy Magness Fellows!

Congratulations to the following ACC members who will participate in Class XVI and Class XVII of the Women in Cable Telecommunications' (WICT) Betsy Magness Leadership Institute:

Class XVI
· Helen Dimsdale, Director, Public Affairs, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
· Kristen Dean, Vice President, National Accounts, Oxygen Media
· Annie Howell, Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Discovery Planet Green
· Teresa Lee, Senior Director, Communications, Comcast
· Jean Margaret Smith, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Administration, MTV Networks Kids & Family Group
· Heather Umen, Director, Brand & Experience Marketing, WE tv

Class XVII
· Melinda Poore, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable

Established by WICT in 1993, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is the organization's flagship executive leadership program, providing intensive, yearlong leadership training.  Class XVI and XVII will be facilitated by Grace Killelea, vice president of human resources for Comcast Spotlight.  Class XVI will be chaired by Tori Stevens, vice president of branded properties and home entertainment, ESPN and Class XVII will be chaired by ACC member Darlene Chapman-Holmes, vice president of marketing for AmericanLife TV Network.  For more information concerning the Leadership Institute, please contact Melissa Northern at 703-234-9812 or   
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 Job Opening:  Director of Public Relations

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is currently looking for a director of public relations for Turner Network Sales (TNS), the organization's affiliate sales and marketing branch.  Responsible for maintaining oversight of the TNS speakers bureau program, the director of public relations is also in charge of developing and implementing media strategy surrounding new business development activities.  The director of public relations also makes strategic recommendations and places company executives on industry panels in addition to securing key media placements for Turner executives.  The director represents Turner and TNS on industry boards and committees and serves as point person for media on cable related issues.

The qualified candidate must have a minimum of eight years experience in the public relations or media relations field.  A college degree in public relations, communications or mass media is preferred.  Knowledge of new technology and distribution platforms as well as solid experience working on cross functional teams is also desired.  Other required skills include:  client relations, communications, leadership, sound judgment, initiative, strong writing, time management, persistence and ability to manage people who are not in a direct reporting relationship.  Qualified candidates seeking more information should contact Misty Skedgell at  
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 Job Opening:  Account Executive

Bob Gold & Associates, Inc. is currently looking for an Account Executive to plan and execute public relations and marketing activities for clients under the direction of the Group Manager.  The Account Executive will be responsible for developing and maintaining day-to-day relationships with clients, developing plans for client activities and directing activities of team members.  Responsibilities for the position also include leading weekly status meetings, acting as primary media contact and working with reporters and producers to pitch stories.  The successful candidate will also be in charge of writing media materials including news releases, advisories, messaging documents, talking points, opinion editorials and backgrounders and will oversee media materials drafted by team members.  The Account Executive must also solicit speaking and awards opportunities, prepare clients for media interviews, plan trade shows, media tours and special events as well as monitor clients' industries to develop knowledge and identify trends or issues. 

The successful applicant should have a bachelor's or master's degree in public relations, journalism or communications as well as a minimum of two years experience in public relations or marketing.  Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong supervisory skills are also preferred.  Other requirements include a proven ability to manage projects from start to completion, proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.  For more information on the job opening or to submit a resume email or contact Irene Fuimaono at  
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 Thank You, Corporate Members!

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

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

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
Smithsonian Networks
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gospel Music Channel
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
Suddenlink Communications
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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