Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

February 8, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards


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  Cox Celebrates Black History Month with Local Events

Cox Communications is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting culturally relevant programming available on demand and participating in various local market celebrations and events across the country.

In Florida, Cox sponsored appearances and student presentations on Feb. 4 and 5 in Fort Walton Beach featuring Capt. Barrington Irving, the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. Capt. Irving has developed a program to engage and encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math.

On Feb. 24, Louisiana Cox employees from the Acadiana area will participate in the 10th Annual African American History Parade. This year's theme is "And Still I Rise." Cox will have a float in the parade decorated to celebrate jazz, music, literature and art made popular by African Americans. The float also will pay tribute to renowned poet and author Maya Angelou.

Cox Virginia will be holding numerous activities throughout the state. In partnership with Fairfax County, Cox will host a celebration of Black History Month at the Fairfax County Government Center. Cox will present a scholarship to the Jefferson Center Music Lab Jazz Institute in Roanoke. The scholarship enables young musicians to participate in the camp, culminating in a series of final performances and recordings at the Jefferson Center. Cox 11 in Hampton Roads is highlighting the programs Cox Connections and Hot Ticket featuring stories on Hampton University's Black History Month calendar, the Virginia Arts Festival, Hurrah Players and the Urban League of Hampton Roads.

Cox Communications' commitment to diversity has been regularly recognized by DiversityInc. Last year, Cox Communications was named to the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity for its demonstrated use of diversity best practices and measured results. This was Cox's seventh year on the list and was the sixth consecutive year in which Cox was ranked in the top 25; its 2012 rank was 25th. In addition, Cox was ranked eighth in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Blacks.

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  Six Weeks Remaining, March 22 is the 2013 Beacon Awards Entry Deadline

The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) has set this year’s Beacon Awards entry deadline as March 22, 2013. The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. Continuing the revisions that streamlined the submission process from previous years, all entrants need for a Beacon Award is a one-and-a-half to two-page project summary, completed entry form and payment, all of which may be emailed to ACC.

The Beacon Awards Ceremony will be one of the highlights of ACC’s annual conference, FORUM 2013, May 9-10 in Washington, DC, taking place in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. FORUM 2013 immediately follows the NCTA's Key Contact Conference, May 6-8, which kicks off the week in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The 2013 Call for Entry is available on the ACC Web site. Hard copies of the brochure will be mailed to all association members and others in the cable industry within the next two weeks.

"Cable communicators make vital contributions to the bottom line of their companies and industry by telling cable's story, building constructive relationships with stakeholders, promoting products and services, and improving the quality of life for the customers and the communities they serve," said Pete Abel, 2013 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink Communications. "The Beacon Awards recognize the best of this work."

The 2013 Beacon Awards continue the ease-of-entry format first introduced in 2011. Entries may be submitted electronically and have been designed to cut down on the amount of time to complete the entry process. However, individuals may continue to submit their entries by mail or a delivery service or send hard copies of supplemental supporting materials. To answer your questions and help you with the 2013 Beacon Awards entry process, visit the Frequently Asked Questions area of the ACC Web site.

All Beacon Award entries must represent work executed and results achieved between May 5, 2012, and March 22, 2013. More Beacon information may be found on the Beacon page of the ACC Web site or contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or

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  DYI Network Crashes and Designs New Kitchen for DC Shelter

DIY Network interior designer Alison Victoria, host of Kitchen Crashers, collaborated with the N Street Village which provides shelter, food and rehabilitation services to homeless women in Northwest Washington, D.C. Working with local contractor SCK, Victoria designed an efficient and functional kitchen that had not been renovated in 20 years. The goal of the project was to create an efficient environment to provide nutritious dinners and serve as a year-round lifeline for some of the most vulnerable women in the D.C. area.

With funds from DIY Network and Scripps Networks Interactive, in January the kitchen makeover included new appliances and storage area, improved food prep area, a granite countertop for serving and countertop dining, new flooring, a fresh coat of paint and new furnishing for the common area. The renovation provided the needed functionality and created a space where the 31 residents feel safe and welcome.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home for most people, and we wanted to create that same experience for these women as they take the first steps toward transforming their lives,” said Victoria. After hearing some of her ideas on “Creating an Empowering Space,” one resident, Rachel, said, “All this for us! You’ve inspired me to work even harder to get my life on track and get a place of my own.”

Scripps Networks Interactive has been empowering people, and especially women, for almost two decades. Scripps’ programming and employees are able to carry that focus into communities across the country to improve the lives of individuals through their Change the World, One Meal, One Home, One Community initiative. For more information on the N Street Village kitchen renovation, contact Cindy McConkey at

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  Get Involved, Volunteer to Judge the Beacon Awards

Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for the 2013 Beacon Award Judging, FORUM 2013 and ACC Board Committees. Get involved and help mold ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators. 

Beacon Award Judges help determine the finalists and winners of the 2013 Beacon Awards. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2013 to the industry. Board Committees develop association programs and help members get connected to one another. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing Steve Jones or calling 800-210-3396. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202

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  Turner Broadcasting Launches Two Youth-Based Programs

Known for sharing stories with the world and supporting and investing in their local communities, Turner Broadcasting is launching a corporate philanthropic program, Turner Voices in the Arts and Turner Voices in Technology. Turner executives value creativity and innovation and understand these qualities also drive business. The launch of the two Turner Voices initiatives leverages employees, products, and technology; and strategically engages employees in the company's nonprofit partnerships.

Turner Voices in the Arts is a week-long program for high school age area residents who are interested in learning more about artistic and creative careers at Turner. This program will expose youth to different career fields and will incorporate hands-on learning, tours, panels, speakers and special events including outings to local arts establishments. Limited to 20 students, it will provide an intimate experience for teens to engage with Turner employees and programming. Student applying for the program will need to return an application, provide a sample of an artistic work and go through an interview process. The program will run June 10 through June 14.

Turner Voices in Technology is a day-long workshop that explores one of several areas of technology. Nonprofits or schools with a 501(c)(3) affiliation may apply to bring up to 30 youths for the day. Each workshop is centered on one area of technology. Organizations select the specific area of interest from Turner Studios, Animation and Special Effects, Digital Properties, Emerging Technology, Network and Broadcast Operations, and Enterprise Applications.

High school students who are in the Metro Atlanta area may apply for the free, week long, Turner Voices in the Arts program by completing an application and returning it by the March 1 deadline. Nonprofits or schools with a 501(c)(3) affiliation may apply to participate in the day program, Turner Voices in Technology by completing and returning applications by the March 1 deadline. For applications and additional information, contact Erin Malone at or 404-827-3413.

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  Lead ACC into the Future, Nominations for Board Wanted

Leadership positions are available on the ACC Board of Directors. 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 the ACC Web site. The nominations deadline is close-of-business March 29, 2013.

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  Comcast Launches Internet Site for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, 
Comcast announced the launch of a new premier destination site for all things Black entertainment. is a one-stop-shop for a variety of features catered towards the Black community including movies, TV shows, and behind the-scenes interviews of popular celebrities.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Black History Month this year by sharing with our customers the rich culture and contributions of the African American community,” Ruben Mendiola, vice president and general manager of Multicultural Video Service said. Some of Xfinity’s Black History Month programming will include documentaries and biographies of prominent historical leaders such as Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, Richard Pryor and The Jackson 5. There will also be sports and Black History specials from the History Channel, *TV One and other networks.
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  Discovery and Miami Dade College/Miami-Dade Public Schools Create Career Partnership

Discovery Communications, Miami Dade College (MDC) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) this week announced a partnership to provide career exploration and job skills development opportunities for MDC and MDCPS students. The partnership, which will include panels, internships, resume development and other programs, is designed to provide critical information on job and career skills and better prepare students to take advantage of available job opportunities in today’s economy.
The initiative kicked-off with a series of Career Exploration Panels, at the North Campus of MDC and streamed live to MDCPS middle and high schools. The February 6 panel focused on “Media Careers” and featured Discovery executives and other personnel sharing insights and experiences in the workforce and providing students with information to help guide their career paths. Students learned about the world of work, technical and soft-skills that are required, and heard first-hand about what it takes to pursue a career in the media industry.  Panelists represented broadcast operations, digital media, marketing, and programming.
“As an active member of the local community with our Latin America and U.S. Hispanic headquarters in Miami, Discovery is excited to join Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade County Public Schools in this unique partnership to provide local students with the opportunity to expand their learning beyond classrooms walls and encourage them to explore different careers,” said Enrique Martínez, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic.  “This partnership continues Discovery’s overall commitment, through its Discovery Education Division and Discover Your Skills initiative, to helping students across the country become college and career ready.”
For Discovery the partnership is an extension of its ongoing Discover Your Skills initiative, a multimedia public affairs campaign, incorporating the website,, designed to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise, and to raise awareness of career opportunities in skilled trade and other industries.
It also includes Descubre Tu Talento, a customized extension of Discovery Your Skills focused on raising awareness of career opportunities and providing job skills resources to the U.S. Hispanic community through Discovery en Español, Discovery’s U.S. Spanish-language network. The program utilizes on-air PSAs, social media, grassroots initiatives, and a dedicated Spanish website to provide Spanish-speakers with links to education and training resources, and tips about workforce preparation, including resume writing and interview basics. For additional information, contact Carla Conde, at 786-273-4174 or
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  Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2013 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
Discovery Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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

Sard Verbinnen & Company
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