Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

March 16, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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2012 ACC Cable Communications Institute June 20-22 in New York City

Mark your calendar to attend ACC’s 7th Cable Communications Institute, June 20-22, 2012, in New York City. Produced in cooperation with the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Institute will be held at Syracuse’s Lubin House in New York City adjacent to Central Park on 61st Street.

This graduate-level program is designed for executives who would like to expand their knowledge base and advance their capabilities. Cable industry executives from programming networks, cable systems, industry suppliers and related organizations are invited to register to enhance their expertise on the overall role and impact of communications and public affairs within an organization.

The Communications Institute is ACC’s signature professional development event for cable communicators. “Becoming more effective communicators is a never ending process. At the Institute, we explore state-of-the-art communications in today’s world,” said ACC President, Rosa Gatti, senior vice president, communications counsel and corporate outreach, ESPN, Inc.

The upcoming Institute will review multiple communications techniques, incorporating employee communications, technology tools, social responsibility and public affairs activities. Participants will enhance practical skills that are completely transferable to their daily work during this 2.5 day program.

Space is limited to the first 25 qualified applicants. Tuition for the 2012 Institute is $2,100 per individual on or before June 8, 2012. On June 9 and after, the fee is $2,300. Tuition covers all instructional materials and most meals. Travel and housing expenses are not included in this fee. For additional information or to register, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or via email at Information on the program may also be found by visiting

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C-SPAN Honors 75 Winners for 2012 StudentCam Documentary Competition

Matthew Shimura, a ninth-grader at Punahou School in Hawaii, will receive $5,000 as Grand Prize winner in C-SPAN’s 2012 StudentCam competition. In looking at the competition’s theme, “The Constitution and You: Select any provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you,” Matthew highlighted the Fifth Amendment in his video, “The Constitution and the Camps: Due Process and the Japanese-American Internment. First Prize winners Carl Colglazier and Leo Pfeifer discussed Intellectual Property and the First Amendment, respectively. Each will receive $3,000 for their work.

Shimura, Colglazier, and Pfeifer are three of the 148 students who are sharing a total of $50,000 in prizes for their videos. In addition to the grand prize and first prize winners, C-SPAN is awarding eight 2nd prizes, 16 3rd prizes, and 48 honorable mentions. The winners were announced March 7 during C-SPAN’s live viewer call-in program, Washington Journal.

The national competition, now in its eighth year, invited all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) across the country to produce a five-to eight-minute documentary focusing on any provision of the Constitution that means the most to them. Students from 43 states, DC, and Puerto Rico submitted a new record of 1,203 entries. The top three winning topics were the 1st Amendment, Article I (Structure and Powers of Congress) and the 26th Amendment (Voting Rights for 18 year olds).

The top 27 videos will air on C-SPAN, one each day, starting Sunday, April 1, at 6:50 a.m. ET, followed by an interview with the winning student at 9:15 a.m. ET during C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Air times are subject to change. All 75 winning videos are available for viewing at

The annual competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation and the documentaries were judged by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives. Videos were evaluated based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic, and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming. C-SPAN Classroom is partnering with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to honor the winners in this year’s competition.

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Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Networks: How Teens Navigate the Online World – An ACC and CIC Webinar

How do teens participate in the online world? Do they see it as a place to hang out with friends, get their latest homework and find out more about their favorite programs? Or is it an unsafe place full of sexting, bullies and predators? What is the cable industry’s role in keeping the Internet safe for kids? These are questions that many cable communicators are facing today.

Cable in the Classroom (CIC) continues to take a leadership role in defining, developing, and bringing to scale “digital citizenship.” Last year CIC helped fund and shape a research project by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This multi-modal study sought to understand how teens navigate the world of social media, what behaviors they encounter, how they act, how they learn behavior, and to whom they turn for help along the way.

The resulting report, “Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites” was released in November 2011 as a part of the annual conference of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), another partner in the study’s creation and design. Join research lead, Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET during ACC’s webinar as she highlights the report’s findings and explores the data’s implications. CIC will also release recommendations to keep in mind as you evaluate and refresh your current online safety resources, or as you seek to develop new ones.

Please join Cable in the Classroom and the Association of Cable Communicators for a special discussion on how American teens navigate the new world of “digital citizenship” during the March 21 webinar. The Executive Summary, full report and CIC’s recommendations will be made available to webinar participants at the conclusion of the session.


Amanda Lenhart
Senior Research Specialist
Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

How ACC Members Can Participate:

Only ACC members may attend this webinar, and it is free of charge as a benefit of ACC membership. ACC members can register for this free webinar via the association’s online education portal in the members-only section of the ACC Web site by clicking on the link to live webinars and self-paced programs.

You must be logged into the members-only area to access this portal, and you can log in through the member log in box in the left-hand corner of any page of the ACC Web site. Your username is your work email address, and the password is typically your last name all in lowercase letters. If you are not currently a member, use ACC’s trial membership and join free for your first six months.

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Suddenlink Fishing Tournament Helps San Angelo Hospice

The Hospice of San Angelo (HOSA) received a $16,000 donation from the Texas City’s Suddenlink office. The donation was made possible by the proceeds from the Suddenlink Tony Gibson Memorial Fishing Tournament held Saturday, March 3. The check was presented during the event.

The Suddenlink Open is typically HOSA’s largest single fundraiser of the year. This year’s tournament featured added support from the Outdoor Channel and public appearances Friday and Saturday by Joe Thomas, host of Ultimate Match Fishing Presented by Sta-Bil on the Outdoor Channel. Tournament winners included James Gardner who was named top angler with a total catch of 13.26 pounds. Another fisherman, Dale Dickson, claimed bragging rights with the largest single fish, catching a 10.9 pound bass.

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Save the Date! The 2012 Beacon Awards Deadline is May 4

Are you an award-winning cable communicator? Earn the recognition you deserve for your stellar cable communications work by entering the 2012 Beacon Awards. The Beacon Awards honor excellence in cable communications and public affairs by recognizing the best cable communications campaigns and tactics of the past year. Beacon Awards finalists and winners achieve peer, industry and local market recognition for their exemplary work while setting a standard for their colleagues to emulate. The 2012 Beacon Award deadline is May 4.  The 2012 Beacon Award Call for Entries will be posted on by late March and will reflect an even easier entry process.

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Time Warner Cable Talks STEM at SXSW

Time Warner Cable (TWC) recently hosted a panel at SXSW Interactive entitled Building the Next Generation of Innovators. It examined programs such as the company’s Connect a Million Minds initiative that are driving demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Also discussed during the event was the successful partnership with FIRST Robotics to foster innovation and STEM skills among youth.

Panel participants included Tessie Topol, senior director of strategic philanthropy, (TWC); Lori Donaldson, a TWC dispatcher who served as the coach of an all-girl FIRST Lego League team; Kumar Garg, policy analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jon Dudas, President of FIRST; and Allison Rich, a high school student and FIRST robotics team member. Rich also exhibited the FIRST robot built by her team last year.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

Sard Verbinnen & Company

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