Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

July 11, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 

Inside This Issue:

  All FORUM 2014 Sessions Available On Demand 

All Atlanta FORUM sessions, including keynotes and panels, are now available in the members-only area of the ACC Web site. If you were unable to attend FORUM 2014 or were at the conference but missed part of the day, you may now listen to an audio recording of every session on demand.

To access the recordings, login using your ACC user name and password and go to the Online Education Portal. From there, click on the link, “FORUM 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 Sessions.” This will direct you to the ACC Online Education Portal, just below the FORUM 2014 logo, click on the link, FORUM 2014 Podcasts. This link will open to a page where you can access every recorded session from the 2014 conference. Additionally, you may also sample any recorded session from the past five FORUM meetings as well. A total of 43 recorded sessions are available, indexed by each conference, just look for the specific conference logo.

If you experience any trouble with your login or accessing a specific session, contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.
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  CNN’s Leadership Unplugged Initiative 

During the last week of June, CNN hosted 78 Georgia high school sophomores and juniors in Atlanta's CNN Center as they participated in the 9th annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience.

The event is a week-long media literacy focused leadership development program in which participants are exposed to various areas of the media business through interactive workshops, tours, roundtable sessions, team-building exercises, and an etiquette dinner.  Each day CNN employees served as panelists and speakers, sharing their experiences with the students.

The individuals who participated in the program were selected following the submission of an online application and a recommendation from a current teacher, counselor or youth leader.  As part of the experience, students resided in dorms on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology. All funds for room, board, and program materials were underwritten by Turner Broadcasting System.

As part of the program, students were split into groups to work together on a final project: a story pitch to one of the CNN platforms. Each group presented its pitch in front of judges from CNN, who provided feedback before the teams presented again, this time in front of their peers, friends and family members. Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience was established as part a of TBS, Inc. corporate responsibility initiative. For additional information contact Betsy Holland at or 404-827-2437.
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  Cox Partners with Ocean Conservancy for Cleanup in California  

In coordination with National Oceans Month, Cox Enterprises and Ocean Conservancy joined forces for a shore cleanup at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. The cleanup took place on June 27 and removed nearly 650 pounds of trash. Doheny State Beach is one of California's most popular state beaches and attracts almost one million visitors per year.

"A healthy ocean is our number one priority," said Amelia Montjoy, vice president of resource development for Ocean Conservancy. "This partnership underscores what is possible when individuals are empowered to take matters into their own hands and protect the beaches and waterways they love."

More than 200 Cox Enterprises' employees from its, Cox Communications, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim properties in Southern California volunteered for the cleanup.

Additionally, Cox recently announced a national employee solar program. The national program was piloted in California and provides financial incentives for employees who choose to install solar panel systems on their homes. In Southern California alone, Cox is saving more than one million gallons of water each year and preventing nearly 14,000 tons of carbon from entering the environment each year through its alternative energy projects.

Cox Enterprises expanded its sustainability goals earlier this year with plans to send zero waste to landfill in the next 7-10 years and become carbon and water neutral in the next 25-30 years. The company and its affiliated foundations have invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation through operations projects and grants to environmental nonprofits.  In addition to Ocean Conservancy, Cox Enterprises has national environmental partnerships with American Rivers and The Trust for Public Land. For additional information contact Mallard Holliday at or 404-843-5981.
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  NCTA & Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Scholarship 

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) recently announced a new joint college student scholarship. The charge of the partnership is to assist a U.S. based student in her studies as well as to shed a light on issues of prominence in the media. 

The winning applicant will have the opportunity to produce a concept for a digital piece, essay or other creative idea addressing one of three key areas: Identify the significance in today’s society of digital literacy and 21st century skills; Forecast trends in new and digital media as they may affect users and providers of services; or Review cable industry public policy viewpoints.  The finished product, pending editorial review, will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels, and the student will have the right to use and retain the deliverable material in her own portfolio and for any purposes she sees fit.

One student will be selected by WMF and NCTA to receive $3,500 payable to the winning student’s educational institution, and one complimentary ticket to an AWM Foundation event on October 28, 2014 in New York City.   Scholarship applications, consisting of a concept paper on one of the three topics above, should be submitted to and are due on September 5, 2014. For additional information contact Yacine Sow at or 703-506-3290.
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  Time Warner Cable’s Commitment to Diversity 

During July, Time Warner Cable is sponsoring three conferences focused on opportunities for Hispanics and African-Americans: the Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention & Exposition, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference, and the National Urban League (NUL) Conference.

“Whether it’s about our people, our programming or the communities where our customers live, Time Warner Cable has a long tradition of championing and leveraging our diverse perspectives,” said Jerrell Moore, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Time Warner Cable. “In that spirit, we’re proud to support LULAC, NCLR and NUL.”

The company’s involvement kicks off July 8 in New York City, as a presenting sponsor of the LULAC conference at the Hilton Midtown. Time Warner Cable will provide more than 20,000 government, business and Hispanic sector leaders at the conference with free WiFi and access to a cyber lounge stocked with charging stations for mobile devices.  Plus, Tessie Topol, vice president, corporate social responsibility, Time Warner Cable will participate in a panel addressing how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills help open doors in a job search. The discussion was launched by a paper from the company’s research program on digital communications, STEM Education: A Bridge for Latinos to Opportunities and Success.

In mid-July at the NCLR Annual Conference in Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable will help keep attendees at the Los Angeles Convention Center connected with free WiFi.  In late July in Cincinnati for the 2014 NUL Conference, Time Warner Cable executives will join a workshop on how technology can help bolster small business success. The session will be held in conjunction with a Time Warner Cable research companion paper, Big Opportunities: Creating More Jobs with Technology.

Conference participation is just one of the ways Time Warner Cable supports organizations like LULAC, NCLR and NUL.  Additionally, since 2010, the company has sponsored LULAC community tech centers throughout the U.S., bringing free high-speed Internet to low-income Hispanic families, as well as on-site computer training and tech support. For additional information contact Tara DeGeorges at or 212-364-8422.
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  ESPN Supports V Foundation's Fundraising Efforts

The V Foundation for Cancer Research will be holding a fundraising campaign in the days leading up to the ESPYS Awards on July 16. ESPN is supporting the Foundation through more 250 items that will be auctioned on eBay to benefit the charity. Since 2005, the ESPY Day Auction has raised $6.5 million for cancer research.

Items up for bid include tickets to prime sporting events, autographed memorabilia, unique experiences with athletes, celebrities, coaches and ESPN and ABC personalities and behind-the-scenes experiences with dozens of ESPN and ABC sports, television and radio shows. All $20 sweepstakes donations will be eligible to win a grand prize of a five-day, four-night experience at Super Bowl XLIX with the NFL and ESPN and additional prizes.

As part of ESPY Day Benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research the auction will expand to include fundraising and live auction updates across ESPNEWS and simulcasts of many ESPN radio and television programs on July 16. ESPY Day culminates with a special simulcast of the ESPYS on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Throughout ESPY Day, viewers and listeners will be encouraged to donate to The V Foundation by calling 800-4-JimmyV or visiting For additional information contact Kristen Hudak at or 860-766-2006.
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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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