Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

January 31, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 

Inside This Issue:

  2014 Beacon Awards® Entry Form on the ACC Website 

The 2014 Beacon Awards Call for Entry form is now available on the ACC Website. To download a copy from the ACC home page, go to the Awards tab and then click on the Beacon Awards to open the Beacons page. On the Beacon Awards page, near the upper right side of the page, find the “2014 Beacons” and then click on the Call for Entry. After the .pdf file downloads on your computer, you may print it off and begin preparing you entry.

The entry deadline is March 21, 2014. The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. The Awards Ceremony will be one of the highlights of ACC’s annual conference, FORUM 2014, June 3-5 in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Within the next two weeks the 2014 Call for Entries form will be mailed to all members. 

All Beacon Award entries must represent work executed and results achieved between March 23, 2013, and March 21, 2014. More information may be found at: or contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  Bright House Networks Supports Zora Neale Hurston Festival 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, January 25 through February 2, near Orlando, Fla. The festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that commemorates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, Fla. and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world.

Bright House Networks is proud to be a major sponsor of this even. As a special celebration of the arts and humanities, the Zora! Festival, as it is known locally, is packed with music, literature, art programs and activities throughout the week. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event.

U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-5th) is the chairperson for the event. “Zora! Festival is a wonderful cultural event that I have supported since its inception and I have been delighted to witness the national exposure it has gained as well as the tremendous growth in attendance,” Congresswoman Brown said. Marva Johnson, vice president, government affairs, Bright House Networks is co-chairing the event with Representative Brown.

Among the highlights of the Festival, will be “An Evening with Zora,” featuring Lynn Whitfield and Avery Brooks on January 31. The Zora! Festival grounds will be the base for some 50 skilled artisans and artists, and many food vendors. A complete listing of the dates, events and times is available at
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  Understanding the Science of Sochi 

NBC News’ educational arm, NBC Learn, has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to release the "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games." This is the most recent installment in the Emmy Award-winning "Science of Sports" series. The ten-part video collection, narrated by NBC Olympics’ hockey host Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event.

The segments feature a variety of sports stories, as told by some of the world’s top athletes and record holders, along with perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists.

NBC Olympics’ original production team collaborated with NBC Learn to create the 2014 Olympic Winter Games edition of "Science of Sports." The series’ diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athlete’s respective sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games. The video series is available free at, and For additional information contact J T. Ramsay at or 215-286-4884.
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  Time Warner Reporters Honored by The Washington Post 

Two Time Warner Cable News reporters/anchors were named among the best state capital reporters in America by The Washington Post. Time Warner Cable’s Liz Benjamin and Tim Boyum were honored by the Post for their in-depth and comprehensive political coverage for the 
Time Warner Cable News show, Capital Tonight.

Benjamin hosts the nightly show for Time Warner Cable News channels across Upstate New York, while Boyum hosts Capital Tonight in North Carolina. Both journalists have a combined 26 years of political reporting experience and have been a driving force in Time Warner Cable’s award-winning coverage of state politics. For additional information contact Jay Gormley at or 972-537-5353.

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  Cisco & Discovery on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For  

Two cable industry companies were recently honored by Fortune magazine by being named to the 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Cisco and Discovery Communications were selected and ranked predominantly on the basis of their employees’ response to the Trust Index© Survey which measures employee perception of the workplace. Companies featured on Fortune's Best Companies to Work For list have the highest levels of trust, strongest evidence of employee engagement and demonstrate the best applied management practices and programs. For additional information go to
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  Mayors & The Weather Company Partner on Severe Weather 

During a Transportation and Communications committee meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, Chris Walters, chief operating officer of The Weather Company announced a plan to work with city governments to support their communications efforts during severe weather events. The pilot program will enlist five cities to work with Weather as the company develops an automated system for cities to submit alerts and information, which will then be targeted locally and distributed via the company’s platforms, including The Weather Channel TV network,, The Weather Channel apps, and Weather Underground.

“During severe weather events, large portions of communities connect with our media properties to get the critical information they need before, during and after the events. Our television network has the unique ability to target local emergency messages to viewers in the same way we deliver local forecasts,” said Walters. “Along with the targeting capabilities of our online, smartphone and tablet platforms, we can be a valuable communications avenue for cities that need to deliver messages to as many citizens as possible.”

The pilot program is scheduled to start this spring, with the goal of automating data submission for city officials and reducing the time for local alerts to appear on the crawl on the lower third of the television screen, on the local forecast pages on the web and in mobile applications. The information will also be available to on-camera teams so it can be discussed during severe weather programming.

For many years Weather has maintained two-way partnerships with public and non-profit emergency response organizations, including The American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, allowing for a constant flow and disbursement of critical weather-related information when it matters most. Expanding these efforts to formally engage cities more actively will support the company’s efforts to facilitate more effective communication during severe weather events. For additional information contact David Blumenthal at or 770-226-2611.
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  Volunteer for FORUM & Beacon Committees 

Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for the FORUM 2014 and 2014 Beacon Award Committees. Get involved and help put your stamp on ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators.

FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2014 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards ceremony.

For more information on the committees, go to ACC’s Web site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing or calling 202-222-2373. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.
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  Discovery Education Launches New Webinar Series 

In mid January Discovery Education launched a new webinar series featuring some of the most innovative leaders in education examining topics critical to teaching and learning today. Entitled Leadership@NOW, and offered to educators nationwide at no cost, this series commences with a conversation on adaptive leadership featuring Ed Massey, immediate past president of the National School Boards Association.

In his webinar, Massey will investigate the many challenges education leaders face today, discuss his personal definition of adaptive leadership, and propose how educators can foster this style of leadership within their own schools. Future topics and dates include Making the Digital Conversion (February 17), Preparing Your Staff and Students for the Common Core (March 12), Telling Your District’s Story (April 9) and Engaging Learners Through Inquiry and STEM (May 15).

“We are thrilled to present the new Leadership@Now webinar series to educators nationwide,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president at Discovery Education. “Each of the topics explored in this series is central to the future of teaching and learning. It is our hope that the Leadership@Now webinars will continue to move forward the national conversation on these issues, and encourage more discussion about how educational technologies and digital content can be used to transform teaching and learning.”

To more deeply engage participants in these critical topics, the Leadership@Now series will leverage social media platforms, including Google Hangouts and Edmodo, to further connect participants not only with presenters, but also with fellow participants interested in exploring these issues further. More information and registration information for the Leadership@Now webinar series can be found at
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  Congratulation Peter Kiley 

ACC member, past president and former board member, Peter Kiley, vice president of affiliate relations, C-SPAN was recently honored by the College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego, by being named a recipient of the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award. The award is given annually to alumni who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their professional careers. He will be honored the evening of April 26 in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the campus of the University of San Diego. For more information go to
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  ACC Webinar Covering the 2014 CES Show On Demand 

Did you miss the recent ACC webinar on the 2014 International CES? Wondering what were some of the hottest products showcased at the 2014 CES and their possible impact on the cable industry? You may now watch the webinar anytime by going to ACC's Online Educational Portal, click on Live webinars and Self-Paced Programs and then go to Self Paced Programs.

This ACC webinar by Steve Jones provides an up close look at many of the most innovative products on display at CES. If you've never been to CES, the presentation provides a real world sense of what it's like to attend this huge event with more than 150,000 attendees. Plus, he reviews the top gadgets and apps exhibited at the 2014 CES. For additional information, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  Thank You Corporate Members! 

For information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2014 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
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
Discovery Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Midcontinent Communications
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Suddenlink Communications
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