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Editor’s Note: Career Connections member profiles will be a new, regular feature in CPR Facts. If you would like to participate or suggest someone for a profile, please contact Michelle Butler.
Are you an award-winning cable communicator? Earn the recognition you deserve for your stellar cable communications work by entering the 2012 Beacon Awards. This year the deadline for entries is Friday, May 4.
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.
It is easier than ever to enter the 2012 Beacon Awards! ACC has simplified the entry process, the categories and the entry form. Your Beacon Award entry must include a one-and-a-half to two-page project summary (shorter than in 2011), completed entry form and payment, all of which you may email to ACC. You may choose to supplement your entry with up to three files of your strongest support materials and three minutes of video highlights. The 2012 Beacon Awards Call for Entries details further how to submit an entry.
Again, the deadline to enter the 2012 Beacon Awards is May 4, 2012. Entries must represent work executed and results achieved between May 13, 2011, and May 4, 2012. If you have questions, visit the Beacon Awards frequently asked questions section on the ACC Web site or contact Michelle Butler.
More than 67,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends are expected to volunteer at 670 projects in 39 states and Washington, D.C., on April 21, 2012, for the 11th annual Comcast Cares Day. This Golden Beacon Award winning initiative is one of the largest single days of corporate volunteering in the nation since its inception in 2001.
Comcast Cares Day volunteers will work on projects such as painting a health clinic, landscaping a school playground or delivering new books and computers to a library. In California 17 schools impacted by budget cuts will receive volunteer makeovers, and local elected officials will be on hand to help with planting shrubs, repainting walls, building picnic tables and bookshelves, repairing fences, weeding flower beds, power-washing playgrounds, replacing bark and performing landscaping projects. Throughout Western Washington and Spokane, volunteers will improve more than a dozen locations for partner nonprofits and schools such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Cascade High School, Eastside Audubon Society, El Centro de La Raza, Fife Parks Department, Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor, Metro Parks STAR (South Tacoma Activity and Recreation) Center, Northeast Community Center, Northwest Harvest, Rebuilding Together of Thurston County, Salvation Army, Tacoma Urban League, Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Wing Luke Asian Museum.
The Comcast Foundation will provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of each volunteer who participates on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. By the conclusion of Comcast Cares Day 2012, the initiative will have donated more than 2.5 million hours of service since 2001 and awarded more than $11 million in grants to community-based partners. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.
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 email@example.com. Information on the program may also be found by visiting http://www.cablecommunicators.org/resources_inst.php.
Bright House Networks has expanded its Community Service Day, an employee volunteer initiative in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. Launched in Tampa in 2005, the Bright House Networks’ Community Service Day program enables employees to volunteer in their community during work hours.
The program gives all full-time employees one regularly scheduled workday each calendar year to volunteer and part-time employees four hours per calendar year to volunteer. They serve at afterschool programs, public schools, and arts and cultural, civic, environmental and community service organizations. In 2011 more than 200 Bright House Networks executives served on the board of directors for more than 230 organizations.
Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC. The association has a “test drive” trial membership initiative that allows prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation.
Cable partnered with Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 to help raise awareness and shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently reports approximately one in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Cable networks ran a 15-second PSA about autism, and some turned their logo and branding blue for the day as well.
Participating networks include: AMC, Animal Network, BIO, Bravo, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, Food Network, Fuse, FX, Fox Movie Channel, FX Movie Channel, H2, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime Movie Network, Military Channel, MSG Nets, MTV, MTV2, MTVU, Spike, Style, Sundance Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, VH1 Classic and WE TV. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright (the former CEO of NBC Universal), the grandparents of a child with autism.
For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 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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