Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

July 20, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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Thank You, 2012 Beacon Award Judges!

Senior cable communications professionals from across the country gathered at the NCTA building in Washington, D.C., on July 18 to serve as final round judges for the 2012 Beacon Awards, cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. They were divided into two groups that reviewed a number of entries and determined which ones would be Beacon Award winners or finalists.

The final round judges built upon the work that the first round judges had done earlier this summer to review all the entries. In June 2012, ACC sent approximately 10-11 entries to all first round judge volunteers to review anytime, anywhere during a two-week judging period.

ACC will announce the finalists by the end of July and the winners during the Sept. 13, 2012, Beacon Awards luncheon, the closing event of FORUM 2012. Thank you to the 48 volunteers who participated as a final round or first round Beacon Award judge!

Final Round Beacon Award Judges:

Allison Bennett, Crown Media Family Networks
Kirsten Brooks, A+E Networks
Anne Cowan, CTAM
Todd Eachus, Comcast
Jenni Glenn, PBS KIDS Sprout
Beverly Hicks, Cable in the Classroom
Loren Hynes, USA Networks
Rachel Katz, C-SPAN Networks
Heath Neiderer, C-SPAN Networks
Misty Skedgell, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Anthony Surratt, Time Warner Cable

First Round Beacon Award Judges:

Christy Anderson, Cox Louisiana
Sharon Bethea, Cox Louisiana
Karmen Blanco, Cox Louisiana
Kirsten Brooks, A+E Networks
Leah Brown, Bright House Networks
Janice Caluda, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Sara Cicero, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Elizabeth Conlisk, Big Ten Network
Rose Dangerfield, Time Warner Cable
Kim Dimson, Cox Communications, Inc.
Todd Eachus, Comcast
Fred Flores, Time Warner Cable
LaDawn Fuhr, Suddenlink Communications
Kimberly Gilmore, A+E Networks
Cynthia Godby, Time Warner Cable
David Grabert
Toby Graff, USA Network/NBC Universal
Kari Hiatt, CableLabs
Peter Hidalgo, Time Warner Cable
Katie Himes Beardsley, Time Warner Cable
Lorelie Johnson, APR, Bright House Networks, Orlando Corporate Office
Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Ryan Kelly, Time Warner Cable
Karen La Cava, Time Warner Cable --NYC Region
Reinaldo Llano, Bright House Networks
Milinda Martin, Time Warner Cable
Katherine McDonald, Time Warner Cable
Mary Jo Moehle, Charter Communications, Inc.
R.J. Muller, Cox Communications
Walter Neary, Comcast
Wanita Niehaus, Scripps Networks
Josefa Paganuzzi, Music Choice
David Pokorny, Fox Sports Midwest
Lara Pritchard, Time Warner Cable
Rachelle Savoia, Turner Network Sales, Inc.
Misty Skedgell, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Gregory Van Antwerp, Charter Communications, Inc.
Eric Wagner, Cox Communications New England
Tammy Wyrick, Time Warner Cable
Stacy Zaja, Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division

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Cable in the Classroom to Release Coaster Crafter on August 1

Cable in the Classroom recently announced the upcoming release of its fourth online game Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream. By engaging users in designing and testing roller coasters in a game-like environment, Coaster Crafter provides a fun and relevant context for learning important math and science concepts like inertia, velocity, and potential and kinetic energy.

It’s also a great example of the value of cable’s broadband technology and rich content for learning and also complements other industry initiatives encouraging kids to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Coaster Crafter is aimed at middle school and older students, particularly girls. Three increasingly difficult levels challenge players, who earn rewards for successfully finishing tasks. Coaster Crafter also provides teacher resources and video interviews with scientists and engineers.

The game officially launches on August 1 to coincide with the back-to-school season. CIC’s marketing and communications plan includes an e-toolkit for member companies containing banner ads, sample newsletter and blog language. CIC will be hosting a Coaster Crafter webinar and producing short videos about the game for educators and for use by the industry.

If you’re up for a challenge, play it yourself at Coaster Crafter joins previous releases eLECTIONS, Shakespeare (subject to change), and Windward as free resources available at If you want to know more about Coaster Crafter or have ideas about how to showcase it, please contact Cable in the Classroom’s deputy executive director Helen Dimsdale at

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Help Lead ACC into the Future, Board Nominations Wanted

Leadership positions are available on the ACC Board of Directors and for standing committees. This is your opportunity to help guide the association to serve the needs of cable industry communicators.

ACC is seeking nominations of members in good standing to join the Board. If you are interested in being elected or appointed, or know of a person who should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or and include a two to three sentence summary outlining why the individual would be a good Board candidate. For a listing of current Board members, please go to Nominations must be received by August 17, 2012.

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Comcast Launches New Internet Essentials Online Learning Center

Comcast announced Thursday it has launched the newly redesigned online “Learning Center” on the Internet Essentials Web site at The enhanced online Learning Center now includes a social media section, a refreshed design that features a guided tour for easier navigation and new digital literacy education videos.

The new Learning Center and videos support Comcast’s digital literacy education and awareness efforts by providing consumers with basic resources and tools on how to explore and use the Internet. The videos feature some of NBC’s “Today” Show talent including: Al Roker, Sara Haines and Jenna Wolfe. Other TV talent showcased in the videos include: Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and NBC’s Kate Snow and Joelle Garguilo.

There are seven new digital literacy videos that can be accessed by anyone from the Learning Center on the Internet Essentials Web site. The videos are approximately three to five minutes in length and give step-by-step directions on topics including: How to Search the Web; Email Basics; Educational Resources/Homework Helpers; Health Care Resources; Introduction to Social Media and Online Job Search Tools. Additional archival videos from NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, are also now available on the Learning Center and focus on Internet safety and security topics ranging from spam and spyware to cyberbullying. The Learning Center is an online portal that provides educational information like the videos, as well as a list of free in-person Internet training locations and links to other resources to help consumers create a safe, secure and fun online experience for their families.

Comcast has also enhanced the Internet safety and security software that is provided for free with Internet Essentials to include the Constant Guard Protection Suite, which contains top-rated Norton Security software, password safeguards and identity theft protection software.  Internet Essentials is a broadband adoption program that Comcast launched in 2011 to help more students and families get online by providing low-income families access to deeply discounted Internet service as well as a low-cost computer and free digital literacy training.

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Join the 2012-2013 Mentor Program, Deadline to Sign Up is August 17

Would you like career advice from some of the top cable communicators in the business? Now in its second year and free to all members, the ACC Mentor Program will match ACC members with more senior counterparts to share professional and personal skills and experiences as well as foster new relationships, career growth and development. The inaugural 2011-2012 program had 34 members participating as either mentors or mentees.

The ACC Mentor Program is specifically targeted to help younger members learn from the experience of more seasoned members. Even if you have 10 to 15 years of experience, consider the professional development opportunities and advantages the ACC Mentor program can offer you and enable you to help less experienced members with their career advancement.

To participate in the 2012-2013 mentor program, login to the Members-Only area of the ACC Web site. Your email address is your Username and your assigned ACC Password (generally your last name sometimes preceded by the number “1”), using all lower case letters. If you can’t remember your password, click on the link below password box and it will be emailed to you. Once in the Members-Only section, click on the link that says, ACC Mentor Program. This will take you to the Mentor Program home page. Next click on the link Online Application and complete the application.

Additionally, all participants are eligible to attend the Wednesday, September 12 evening Mentoring Reception & Networking Event during FORUM 2012 in the Hilton New York. Registration for FORUM is not required to attend this function if you are a Mentor or Mentee. If you are not currently a member but would like to participate in the Mentor program, use ACC’s trial membership and join free for your first six months. For additional information, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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FORUM 2012 Agenda On-Line

The preliminary agenda for FORUM 2012 has been posted on the ACC Web site and is available via the link, Notable changes for 2012 include back-to-back 30 minute breakout sessions as well as an exhibition area. Sessions include: Managing your Executives, How to Tell Your Story and Control the Message, The Inner Workings of a Golden Beacon Campaign, Three Key Steps for Strengthening Your Executive Presence, and Broadband: Speed Brainstorming the Communicator's Challenges. FORUM 2012, ACC’s annual educational conference for cable communicators, will be held on September 12-13 in New York City as part of the week-long Cable Diversity Week.

The ACC Web site includes the conference schedule, registration information, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, and hotel room reservation details. The program opens with a luncheon keynoted by Gary Sheffer, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs for General Electric. Visit the FORUM 2012 page for regular updates on the conference as well as speakers and sessions and other information.

FORUM for the second straight year is hosted by the Hilton New York hotel (site of all Cable Diversity Week activities), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. Room rates are $399+ tax. Call 212-586-7000 or 800-HILTONS for reservations or use the link,, to register online. To obtain the group rate, use the code Diversity Week 2012. The hotel room rate cutoff date is August 18, 2012.

Running through August 31, the full conference registration fee is $900, and it includes a ticket to the Beacon Awards luncheon program Thursday starting at 12:45 pm. Individual day registration rates for either Wednesday (9/12) or Thursday (9/13) are $550. Additionally, individual tickets for the Beacon Awards luncheon are available for $150 per person. For information on FORUM, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or

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Three Job Openings at NCTA

Director, Digital Engagement: NCTA is looking for a creative and ambitious candidate to serve as a Director of Digital Engagement who will 1) strategically connect the association to relevant digital platforms, social media communities and online influencers and 2) serve as administrator for NCTAŹ¼s blog and social media vehicles, including those affiliated with The Cable Show. The Director of Digital Engagement will work closely with NCTA senior leadership across many functions to build and maintain a proactive, consistent and credible online presence. For more information, see:

Director, Digital Integration & Design: NCTA seeks a well-organized, energetic and creative candidate to serve as Director of Digital Integration & Design who will be responsible for day-to-day management – essentially ownership – of the association’s online platforms so they support the strategic and tactical goals of NCTA. The Director will be responsible for working across all NCTA functions to ensure the online platforms are constantly refreshed, a valuable resource to the association and explore new ways to connect with outside audiences. For more information, see:

Director, Public Affairs: The Communications & Public Affairs Department supports NCTA public policy objectives through communicating, advocating and publicizing the views of the organization to key external constituencies including news media, opinion leaders and policy makers, and NCTA’s member companies. The Director, Public Affairs provides, in coordination with other public affairs professionals in the Department, public affairs support for NCTA’s public policy activities. The Director, Public Affairs should have, or be willing to gain, substantive knowledge of the cable industry, including the public policy and public affairs issues affecting cable companies and cable programming networks, as well as knowledge and understanding of NCTA’s major public policy positions. The Director, Public Affairs must work closely and collaboratively with all members of the Communications & Public Affairs Department and well as other NCTA staff. For more information, see:

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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
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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