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The FORUM 2009 early bird deadline is just days away! Register by September 23 and save $100. Cash in on the chance to join your colleagues for educational sessions and networking opportunities at a discounted rate. Simply visit the Cable Connection registration site for ACC events before September 23, and register for FORUM. You can also sign up for other associated events, and book your hotel room on the same site.
Registration is $800 for all three days at the “early bird” rate. Save further with airline discounts on United, American, and Continental. Use the following codes while booking online or through your preferred travel agent to receive up to 15% off applicable classes of service for tickets purchased prior to the meeting on United and Continental or 5% off American tickets:
United Airlines: 510CK
Denver has affordable hotel rates ranging from $195 at the Denver Marriot up to $349 at the Ritz Carlton with many options in between. The ACC preferred hotels are the Marriot, Brown Palace ($210) and Ritz Carlton.
FORUM 2009 takes place October 26-28 in Denver, CO. This year, FORUM opens with the Beacon Awards on Monday evening, October 26th, and continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with a full range of educational sessions. Beacon Awards ceremony only tickets are priced at $150. For more information, visit http://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum.php.
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Discovery Education, in partnership with 3M, will bring together ten middle school students from around the nation to compete for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” in the final round of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The science competition encourages participants to explore scientific concepts and communicate their findings in a unique way.
The ten finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the final round of competition, where they will demonstrate scientific innovation and creativity during a series of individual challenges dealing with “The Science of Everyday Life.” In addition to the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” the winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds.
Competitors created short videos demonstrating their understanding of a scientific concept and solutions to problems that occur in every day life. The middle school students were invited to explore the following issues based on their scientific understanding: dampening or enhancing the sound from household communication or entertainment devices, improving the performance of sports equipment with a common household item, brightening or darkening a room without the use of lamps, and demonstrating heat consumption in the home.
ACC has released the names of the finalists for the 2009 Beacon Awards, honoring excellence in cable communications and public affairs. The winners of the 2009 Beacon Awards will be announced during the Beacon Awards Gala on Monday, October 26, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center kicking off ACC's annual conference FORUM 2009: Communicating Cable 3.0: People, Products & Value.
The 2009 Beacon Awards Finalists listed by category are:
Business to Business Communications
Cox Business & the Digital Growth Grant Contest - Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI
Cox Business "Meet Me" Campaign - Cox Communications - Rancho Sta Marg, CA
Cox LINC Ambassadors - Cox Communications - Rancho Sta Marg, CA
"Because We Care" Campaign - Charter Communications - Wisconsin - Fond du Lac, WI
GED On Demand - Mediacom Communications - West Des Moines, IA
Rochester Celebrates 50 Years of Cable Television - Charter Communications - Rochester, MN
Big Ten Network's Big Ten Quad - Big Ten Network - Chicago, IL
Albuquerque Recycles Day 2008 - Comcast Communications - Albuquerque, NM
14 Channels in 14 Days - Bright House Networks, Central Florida - Maitland, FL
Cox Bundlese Video Contest - Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
The Truth Hurts KXAN - Time Warner Cable/Central Texas - Austin, TX
DTV Senior Initiative - Comcast Cable - Houston, TX
Black In America - Turner Network Sales, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Cable Positive's No LOL in HIV - Cable Positive - New York, NY
Cox Presents Morgus - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
Comcast Fugitive Files - Comcast - Pittsburgh, PA
Programming (Single Program)
Plugged In - Cox Communications - Chesapeake, VA
Bay News 9 Project Weather - Bay News 9 - St. Petersburg, FL
Big Ten Network - Big Ten Network - Chicago, IL
channel you: where TWC tunes in - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
MTV Tr3s, Viacom’s bilingual music and pop culture channel, screened “Yearbook Chronicles,” a documentary exploring drop outs in a predominantly Latino high school, for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute this week as a part of their Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The documentary will debut on the network on September 26.
“Yearbook Chronicles” seeks to provide insight on the disproportionate rate of high school drop outs among Latino students by exploring their stories. “Education is one of the most important issues facing the Latin community, and portraying this through the lens of hope was essential to MTV Tr3s’ mission,” Lily Neumeyer, Vice President Programming & Production, said in a statement. “Most of the students in this documentary face common obstacles in completing their high school education. Many are the first in their family to finish their degree so that they themselves can become the next Latino astronaut or Supreme Court judge.”
The documentary follows four seniors of Mexican heritage on the yearbook staff at a California high school on their quest to track down former classmates who have dropped out of school. Each of the students hopes to uncover the stories behind why their classmates left, from teen motherhood to life as a graffiti artist, and convince them to return to school and complete their degree.
MTV Tr3s programming is rooted in the fusion of American and Latino music, cultures, lifestyles and languages. Music programming is at the core of MTV Tr3s and the channel features hitmakers, emerging artists and new sounds that resonate with young U.S. Latinos. In addition to music programming, the MTV Tr3s programming slate also features lifestyle series, news, documentaries and other long-form programs that celebrate U.S. Latino hybrid identity and culture. For more information, visit www.mtvt3s.com.
The Association of Cable Communicators is welcoming nominations for open seats on the organization's Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining the Board or know of a person who should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of current Board members, please go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/aboutus_board.php. The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, September 21, 2009.
Additionally, the association is always looking for volunteers for the ACC's three standing Committees as well as both the (2010) FORUM and Beacon Award Committees. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of these committees, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or email@example.com. Information on all three standing Committees may be found at http://www.cablecommunicators.org/aboutus_committee.php.
This month, Cablevision will launch MSG Varsity, a multiplatform initiative focused on high school sports and activities. The initiative covers four regions in the operator’s footprint and incorporates high school sports programming with viewer-generated content and interactivity across a network, Web site, and interactive channel.
The MSG Varsity network will provide content that spotlights both athletics as well as lesser known high school activities. Professionally produced programming includes coverage of local games and marching band events, highlight shows, documentary shows on cheerleading and activities like chess club and debate team, a weekly call-in show, and an academic quiz program.
The initiative launches September 24 and will cover Long Island, Brooklyn/Bronx, Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley, and New Jersey regions of Cablevision’s footprint. For more information, visit www.msgvarsity.com.
ACC is taking its popular panel “Web 2.0 Today & Its Impact on the Cable Industry” on the road to the 2009 Mid-America Cable Show in Overland Park, Kansas! Join us September 23 at 10:00 AM as NCTA’s Paul Rodriguez and Michael Turk explain the evolving world of Web 2.0 and how you can use it to communicate the industry’s message.
Are blogs boring? Is Secondlife a ghost town? Can a 140-character message on Twitter really make a difference? Is Facebook better than MySpace? Has anyone besides Wikipedia been successful with wikis? What is the state of Web 2.0 today, and how can cable communicators use it to tell the industry’s story?
NCTA’s Paul Rodriguez and Michael Turk launched CableTechTalk.com, cable’s blog on technology. During the panel Web 2.0 Today, these two innovators in the world of Web 2.0 will overview the social media landscape and explore ways that you can advance the cable industry online.
Nickelodeon will go off-air and offline for three hours on September 26 as a part of the network’s Worldwide Day of Play initiative. All of the network’s TV channels and Web sites, including Nicktoons Network, NOGGIN, The N, Nick.com, Noggin.com, Nicktoonsnetwork.com and The-N.com, will go dark to get kids to get up and play. Communities across the world will participate through activities centered on encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for families.
The network anticipates more than 250,000 kids will participate in this year’s events and invites community organizations to utilize the resources on the Web site to create their own local activities. The site provides activity ideas to organizations and families, such as climbing a rock wall or hosting a charity family run/walk event. Nickelodeon is also encouraging participants to go green this year. Tips on having a fun and environmentally friendly day are also available on the site and suggest playing outside and visiting national public lands. Additionally, organizations who register their activity with the Web site are automatically eligible to apply for a Big Green Help grant for future activities that help the environment.
This year, Nickelodeon has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Football League, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Environmental Education Foundation. Boys and Girls Clubs in all 50 states will hold activities locally as well as support Worldwide Day of Play’s flagship event in New York City, featuring appearances by R&B singer Sean Kingston, actor and honorary chairman of The N Nick Cannon, football legend Tiki Barber, and stars from shows on the network’s various channels. The NFL will also go dark, taking the Web site NFLRush.com offline, and hold events hosted by professional football teams such as the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers. The U.S. Forest Service and National Environmental Education Foundation will also promote the event as a part of National Public Lands Day.
Nickelodeon will kick off Worldwide Day of Play programming day on Sept. 26 when it will "turn off" the channel from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. to encourage kids across the country to take part in the celebration of healthy and active play. Worldwide Day of Play is part of Nickelodeon's overall health and wellness efforts which include grants programs, public service announcements, websites, games and more. For more information, visit www.worldwidedayofplay.com.
How can you tap into social media, meet your communication goals and positively impact the company’s bottom line? How can you do more with less and run an effective yet thrifty communications campaign? How should you negotiate the changing political world? How can you integrate marketing and communications? Join FORUM Co-Chairs, ACC’s Executive Director, and FORUM presenter Doyle Albee, president and new media practice director for Metzger Associates Public Relations, to discuss these challenges and opportunities, plus a sneak peak at the exciting line up for FORUM 2009 in Denver, Colorado, on October 26-28, during ACC’s next online chat, October 1, 12-1pm EDT.
The cable industry and communications are changing rapidly. Cable industry products and services have expanded into all areas of the customer’s life; social media have revolutionized the way people communicate; the current economic climate has made value more important than ever. The savvy cable communicator wants to stay ahead of the curve and find the most effective ways to communicate cable 3.0: people, products, & value. In this chat, we will highlight the ways FORUM 2009 can help you reach those goals and learn how the conference was constructed.
The facilitators will also be happy to address logistical issues with FORUM and Cable Connections - Fall. All cable communicators are encouraged to join this ACC Online Chat and share tips on how they successfully communicate cable 3.0.
How ACC Members Can Participate:
ACC will post a transcript of the chat in the members-only section of its Web site.
In conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day, Retirement Living TV (RLTV) will air “Not Fade Away,” a television special that features the stories of those diagnosed with the disease and the latest technological progress toward a cure. The network worked in partnership with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (BRNI) to present this special.
The documentary highlights those touched by Alzheimer’s as well as the research taking place at BRNI, the only non-profit institute dedicated to the study of both human memory and diseases of memory. “ â��Not Fade Away’ reminds all of us of the devastation that this disease inflicts on millions of people each day, and the families who must provide for their loving, long-term care,” Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), whose mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and is the namesake of BRNI, said. By exploring lives that have been impacted by the disease, as well as those diagnosed, in “Not Fade Away,” the network hopes to provide useful information to their Baby Boomer audience who may be dealing with elderly relatives.
The special will air exclusively on RLTV and the Video on Demand and online platforms of its affiliates throughout the month. For more information, visit www.rl.tv.
Join and support ACC by becoming a 2010 corporate member. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.
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