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February 22, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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  One Month Until 2013 Beacon Awards Entry Deadline

Only one month remains until the 2013 Beacon Awards
® entry deadline of March 22. Act now and begin collecting the data and related items you need to create a strong, award winning Beacon Award entry. Entry brochures were mailed to all members, please contact the association offices if you did not receive a brochure.

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 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.

The Beacon Awards Ceremony, the evening of May 9, will be one of the highlights of ACC’s annual conference, FORUM 2013, May 8-10 in Washington, DC. The Call for Entries brochure is also available on the ACC website by going to the Awards tab, and dropping down to the Beacon Awards area.

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

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  Cox’s Leigh Woisard and ESPN’s Chris LaPlaca to Co-Chair FORUM

Earlier this week ACC announced that Leigh Woisard, vice president, public affairs, Cox Communications and Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president, corporate communications, ESPN, Inc. will serve as Co-chairs for ACC’s annual educational conference FORUM 2013.

FORUM will be held in Washington, DC, May 8-10, in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. FORUM 2013 immediately follows NCTA's Key Contact Conference, May 6-8, which kicks off the week in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. During FORUM, cable industry professionals will strengthen their communications and public affairs skills, share best practices, and gain an enhanced understanding of how communications and public affairs impact their organizations.  Early registration is now open and discounted $200 through March 31.

Leigh Woisard, vice president, Public Affairs, Cox Communications, said, “Washington provides a perfect backdrop for industry professionals to come together to network, learn from each other as well as other communication experts. It is going to be a fast-paced, informative and interactive FORUM.”

Newly redesigned and relocating back to Washington, DC after stints in New York City and Denver, FORUM 2013 is dedicated to cable communications and public affairs professionals who have responsibilities that incorporate communications, government affairs, public relations, customer service, publicity or any combination of these duties. Delegates range from front line employees to senior executives who share innovations, explore industry trends and discuss technological advances affecting the full spectrum of communications and public affairs issues.

“There has never been a more critical need for clear, concise and impactful communication, within our individual organizations, throughout the industry and certainly with consumers. We are looking forward to hosting what will be a very worthwhile and relevant program," said Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president, corporate communications, ESPN, Inc.

The Beacon Awards® ceremony will be one of the highlights of the conference, with winners announced during an awards dinner on Thursday evening, May 9. This year’s entry deadline for the Beacon Awards® is March 22, 2013. The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989.

For additional information on FORUM 2013 or the Beacon Awards call for entry form, please go to

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  Surprising Poll Results on Digital Citizenship

Surprising poll results were released during Cable in the Classroom’s (CIC) February webinar, “Beyond Internet Safety: Teaching Kids to be Good Digital Citizens." The registered audience of more than 300 individuals was told CIC surveyed over 2,000 educators and engaged Harris Interactive to separately survey 1,000 parents about their attitudes on the importance of digital citizenship, their knowledge of the elements of digital citizenship, and their confidence in teaching children these topics.

In the surveys, one in five parents said they received information about digital citizenship from their ISP and, while large majorities feel these topics are important, a much smaller number feel prepared to teach them to their children. In addition, 90% of parents feel it is mainly their responsibility for teaching kids digital citizenship, while only 15% believe government and law enforcement should have this duty.

Digital citizenship is a positive, holistic and proactive way of teaching children about Internet safety, media literacy and responsible behavior in digital spaces. CIC’s Executive Director, Frank Gallagher and renowned Internet safety expert Anne Collier led the discussion. A recording of the webinar, an executive summary of the research, and the presentation slides can be accessed at:
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  Get Involved with ACC by Volunteering to Judge the Beacon Awards

Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for 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 or calling 800-210-3396. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.

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  Cox Charities Virginia Awards $145,000 to 15 Non-Profits

Cox Communications on February 21 awarded $145,000 in grants to 15 non-profit organizations in Virginia through the Cox Charities grants program. Cox Charities provides funding to non-profit groups that support youth, education and technology within Cox Virginia communities. The grants are part of the more than $8.5 million Cox contributes annually through cash and in-kind support to the communities where they do business.

In the Hampton Roads area each of the following organizations were awarded $10,000 grants; Phoebus High School, for the Mission STEM-POSSIBLE Program; The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, funding the Transition to Work Program; Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, for its Youth of the Year program; The Up Center, to fund their mission to improve the lives of children living in primarily single-parent families and youth in foster care; YWCA South Hampton, to support the YWCA KIDS Before and After School Program in the City of Norfolk; Chesapeake Health Investment Program, for their Parents as Teachers program; and Young Audiences of Virginia, funding their Curriculum Plus program.

In Northern Virgina grants of $5,000 and $10,000 were provided to; FACTES, Cares, to support programming focused on tutoring, mentoring and building positive social peer groups; Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, for their Family Learning Program; Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts ($5,000), the grant will allow 60 teachers to foster excitement of STEM subjects to over 1,000 children in Northern Virginia; Northern Virginia Family Services, to help support the one-two-one mentoring program reaching at-risk students; and Stafford Junction, to help fund the Brain Builders after school program.

In the Roanoke area the following organizations were awarded $10,000 grants, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, awarded a grant to fund programs focused on improving the quality of care and early childhood education; West End Center, to support the West End Center Technology Access Project; and Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley, to help fund their CHIP FIT program.

“Connecting with the communities we serve is an important part of our operations and is at the core of our company values,” said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Virginia. “We’re proud to give back to these 15 outstanding organizations today that are doing their part to enhance the lives of others and improve the places our employees and customers live and work.” For more information on the 2013 grant awards program and how to apply for a grant, visit or contact Emma Inman at 757-222-8432 or

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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 nominations deadline is close-of-business March 29, 2013.

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  USA’s Characters Unite Month to Combat Hate, Intolerance and Discrimination

During the month of February, USA Network, along with a diverse coalition of partners, kicks off the third Characters Unite Month with a range of multiplatform initiatives with the goal to highlight the intolerance and discrimination that exist today; encourage candor and dialogue around tough issues like racism, gender inequality, homophobia and bullying; and inspire people to say "I won't stand for …" it anymore.

"Characters Unite Month is growing exponentially this year because there is still an immense need in this country for greater tolerance, respect and acceptance," said Toby Graff, USA's senior vice president, public affairs. "We're extremely proud to increase awareness and inspire action to address all forms of discrimination, whether it's based on a person's race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ability."

USA is working with partners including the NFL, distributors, and more than 20 nonprofit organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, American Association of People with Disabilities, National Council of La Raza, NAACP, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, National Council of Women's Organizations and others.

The initiative will utilize a new PSA campaign that features diverse characters, including USA Network actors Matt Bomer, Peter Gallagher, Dule Hill and Sarah Rafferty, engaging in a conversation about the need to no longer stand idly by in the face of hate, bullying and discrimination. These and other celebrities and athletes will also share what they "won't stand for" in short spots that will air throughout the month.

On-the-ground activities started with Super Bowl weekend with the, "I Won't Stand For…" tour making stops in New Orleans, Denver, Nashville, Atlanta, Cleveland and Chicago, where Dule Hill will appear. Additionally, "I Won't Stand For" activities will be part of The Henry Ford Museum's National Day of Courage in celebration of Rosa Parks' 100th birthday, in Dearborn, MI. At each stop, individuals can create their own "I Won't Stand For..." t-shirts, photos and videos.” I Won't Stand For…" t-shirts may also be purchased through the NBCUniversal Experience Store, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Characters Unite nonprofit partners.

A newly created Facebook App and hashtag #IWontStandFor will allow people across the country to share what they won't stand for. Through the App, people can customize a photo and become part of an interactive gallery on Facebook and on Additionally, dozens of actors, athletes, students, elected officials, advocates and everyday Americans will share what they won't stand for and why in short videos featured on, the Characters Unite YouTube channel, and through social media sites.

Finally, USA and its distributor partners will launch the Characters Unite Awards to honor extraordinary individuals who have made significant efforts to champion civil and human rights in their communities. The program kicks off with an on-air spot featuring Patrick J. Adams calling for nominations. Winners will be featured on-air and online and will receive a $5,000 grant to continue their work. For additional information visit the Characters Unite website or contact Lynn Weiss at 818-777-6682 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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