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FORUM 2014: Power of Storytelling: Hashtags, Healines and Soundbites

FORUM 2014 will be June 3-5 in Atlanta hosted by the Omni Hotel at CNN Center


Mark your calendars for June 3 - 5 now! FORUM 2014, ACC’s annual educational conference, will be held in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center directly across from Centennial Olympic Park. It has been more than 20 years since the city last hosted FORUM. Atlanta offers affordability, great transportation options, and a number of cable industry companies located within the metropolitan area.

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, is holding a block of rooms for FORUM 2014. Reservations may be made by contacting the Omni at 800-962-6664 and reference: Association of Cable Communicators. Room rates are $159/night plus tax for up to four individuals sharing a single room. All members are encouraged to join Omni’s Select Guest program (free) prior to your stay to enjoy complementary Internet access, morning beverage, pressing (up to two items), shoe shine, newspaper and customized room preferences.

It has been more than 20 years since the city last hosted FORUM. Atlanta offers affordability, great transportation options, and a number of cable industry companies located within the metropolitan area.

Cisco, Cox, Turner, Weather, Comcast, Up and ARRIS are a few of the companies serving the cable industry that are based in or have significant operations in the Atlanta area. Other factors influencing the association’s choice of Atlanta were its flexible and frequent air travel options and convenient access to other major cities in the South and along the East Coast that are home to a large portion of its members.

Downtown Atlanta offers visitors a wide range of diversions just steps away from the Omni Hotel including world class restaurants, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN studios, College Football Hall of Fame, Skyview Atlanta and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Additionally, by June 2014 the city’s new street car system will provide easy and fast access throughout downtown.

Check back often for additional information on the conference program and sponsorship opportunities.
Communicating Policy Objectives
In May during FORUM 2013, keynote speaker Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, political analyst, author and columnist looks at the current political climate in relation to the cable industry. He said it may be more effective communicating industry messages across a broader audience in a way that emphasizes the value added to their lives. Because Congress is currently so dysfunctional, and with a possible re-write of the Communications Act, this strategy may yield better results than concentration specifically on elected members.
(Added 12/05/2013)
Crisis Communications Management
During FORUM 2013, luncheon speaker Jason Maloni, Senior Vice President & Chair, Litigation Practice for Levick, LLC provides his key points on crisis communications management. He notes that in a crisis situation it's about shifting the conversation to talk about what we want to talk about. And at best you can control only 50 percent of the story. Maloni also notes that you don’t need to respond to every comment, not everyone merits a response.
(Added 10/22/2013)
Content: The New Communication Vehicle
Senior executives outline the strategic reasons their organizations have turned to content creation to re-tool the communications function and leverage it on multiple platforms targeting a variety of audiences. The panel, Communications as a Content Factory, was the closing topic for FORUM 2013 and featured Gary Arlen, President, Arlen Communications LLC as the moderator with panelists Brian Dietz, Vice President, Communications & Digital Strategy, NCTA; Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN, Inc.; and Anthony Surratt, Group Vice President, Corporate Communications, Time Warner Cable
(Added 09/18/2013)
Keeping Social Media Authentic and Real
A panel of social media executives provide their thoughts on giving your brand an authentic and “real” voice to keep your followers and others engaged while being aware of your organization’s guidelines as employees tweet and post information on social media sites. This conversation took place as part of the FORUM 2013 panel, Social Media's Role in Meeting Your Goals, with Jim Maiella, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks; Jenna Golden, Politics & Advocacy, Twitter, Inc.; Sean Hackbarth, Blogger and Social Media Strategist, US Chamber of Commerce; AJ LeGaye, Senior Sales Executive, Crimson Hexagon; and John Mitchell, Vice President of Strategy, CSE.
(Added 08/12/2013)
Communications Success Stories
Panelists explain how they have successfully used communications techniques, including social media, to communicate a value, connect with an audience or overcome a perceived obstacle. This discussion took place as part of the FORUM 2013 panel, The Net Generation's Views on the Future of Cable with Barry Blyn, Vice President, Consumer Insights, ESPN, Inc.; Kate Delmonico, Publicist, Digital Communications & Social Media, Discovery Communications; Matt Steinfeld, Vice President, Strategic Communications, The Glover Park Group; and Kirsten A. Sweet, Sr. Video Product Manager, Product Marketing, Virginia Region - Cox Communications
(Added 07/15/2013)
The Key Role of Internal Communications
Communications executives discuss the vital role internal communications has to ensure employees are aware of company announcements prior to their release to the media and the public. This discussion took place as part of the FORUM 2013 panel, Executives on Call: The Key Communicators with Susan Leepson, Group Vice President, Communications Strategy, Time Warner Cable; D'Arcy Rudnay, Chief Communications Officer, Comcast; Misty Skedgell, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, TBS, Inc. and Monica Talan, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Univision.
(Added 06/11/2013)
Cable and the Media, Are we Communicating?
Members of the media who follow the cable television industry discuss building relationships with public relations and communications professionals and the critical role of creating personal contacts. Moderating the panel was Kimberly Maki, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications and Online Strategy, Bright House Networks; with panelists Liana Baker, Media Business Reporter, Thomson Reuters; Amy Maclean, Editor-in-Chief, CableFAXDaily; Jonathan Make, Managing Editor, Warren Communications News; and John Ourand, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal.
(Added 05/14/2013)
Register now to attend FORUM 2013, May 8-10
Attend FORUM and join your cable colleagues to sharpen and energize your communications skills in Washington DC, May 8-10 in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
(Added 03/25/2013)
Thriving as a Senior Communications Executive From FORUM 2012
During a FORUM 2012 general session, four political consultants shared advice on how to handle crisis communications. The Elections 2012! It's a Mad, Mad Political World panel was moderated by Dana Bash, senior congressional correspondent, CNN and featured Arik Ben-Zvi, managing director, The Glover Park Group; John Feehery, founder, The Feehery Group; Karen Finney, political consultant and MSNBC political analyst; and Bruce Haynes, managing partner, Purple Strategies.
(Added 01/08/2012)
Technology's Impact on Covering the News. From FORUM 2012
Five journalists during the FORUM panel, Journalist Point of View, Round 2, shared their use of technology and its impact on how they report and cover events. The panel was moderated by Catherine Frymark, Senior Vice President, Communications, Discovery Communications with speakers David Bauder, Television Writer, Associated Press; Anthony Crupi, Staff Writer, Adweek; Michael Grebb, Executive Editor, CableFAX Daily; Marisa Guthrie, Senior Writer, The Hollywood Reporter; and Andrea Morabito, Programming Editor, Broadcasting & Cable.
(Added 11/27/2012)
Crisis Communications Advice from FORUM 2012
During a FORUM 2012 general session, four political consultants shared advice on how to handle crisis communications. The Elections 2012! It's a Mad, Mad Political World panel was moderated by Dana Bash, senior congressional correspondent, CNN and featured Arik Ben-Zvi, managing director, The Glover Park Group; John Feehery, founder, The Feehery Group; Karen Finney, political consultant and MSNBC political analyst; and Bruce Haynes, managing partner, Purple Strategies.
(Added 10/05/2012)
Powell and Grebb at FORUM 2012
What is the main message that cable communicators should convey to the public? NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell answered CableFAX Daily’s executive editor Mike Grebb’s question during ACC’s FORUM 2012 in New York City.
(Added 09/18/2012)
FORUM 2012: The Critical Skills for Today

FORUM is ACC's engaging, two-day (including the Beacon Awards® Luncheon), national, educational conference designed for 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.

During FORUM, cable industry professionals strengthen their communications and public affairs skills, share best practices, and understand how communications and public affairs impact their organizations.

2012 Program Outline

Attend FORUM 2012!
What are the critical skills cable communicators need to succeed today? Find out at FORUM 2012: Communicator.2012 The Critical Skills for Today. It will be held September 12-13, 2012, at the Hilton New York.
(Added 09/04/2012)

 

View Videos from FORUM 2011 Below


Reporters on Staying Relevant
Journalists Peter Lauria, Brian Stelter and Georg Szalai share how they work to stay relevant in today’s changing media environment during a FORUM 2011 panel. ACC’s 2012 FORUM, Sept. 12-13 at the Hilton New York, also will feature a reporters’ roundtable.
(Added 06/22/2012)
The Future of Communications
PR Agency Leaders Steven Cody, Pat Fitzgibbons and James Gregory discuss the future of PR, internal communications, news releases and the ROI of communications during a FORUM 2011 general session moderated by ACC President Rosa Gatti.
(Added 01/05/2012)
Journalists’ Pet Peeves
Journalists Peter Lauria, Amy Maclean, Brian Stelter and Georg Szalai discuss their pet peeves and preferences during a FORUM 2011 general session moderated by ACC Board Member Annie Howell.
(Added 12/05/2011)
Jeff Cutler at FORUM 2011
Jeff Cutler, social media journalist and content specialist, shares his Twitter tips and tricks, why he loves Facebook and his advice for 10 minutes to bliss in social media management.
(Added 11/02/2011)
Michael Powell at FORUM 2011
Michael Powell, president & CEO of NCTA, during Thursday’s general session talks about how the industry must challenge itself and take risks, be innovative and strive to delight cable customers.
(Added 01/05/2011)
Attend FORUM 2011!
Join your fellow cable communicators in New York City October 5-6 at FORUM 2011 to learn the latest on how your peers are using social media and integrated communications to advance their companies and gain insights from DC insiders and top journalists.
(Added 09/07/2011)




VIDEOS FROM 2010 FORUM

Economy’s Impact on Cable Consumers
Gerri Willis, Fox Business Network host, asks financial analyst Craig Moffett: what kinds of different decisions are consumers making because of the economy?
(Added 01/05/2011)
Peter Giles at FORUM 2010
During FORUM 2010, Peter Giles, president, Giles Communications, LLC, explored how communicators must wear several hats today and why this makes it so important to streamline technology.
(Added 11/05/2010)
Communicators Roundtable at FORUM 2010
During FORUM 2010, Mark Robichaux, editor-in-chief, Multichannel News, moderated the Communicators Roundtable panel with Rosa Gatti, ESPN; Chad Gustein, Ovation; Mary Jo Moehle, Charter; Joe Waz, Comcast and Rachel Welch, Time Warner Cable.
(Added 10/15/2010)
Craig Moffett at FORUM 2010
During a general session at FORUM 2010, financial analyst Craig Moffett answers Fox Business Network host Willis' question: would you rather be a cable operator or the head of a telco?
(Added 09/30/2010)
Kyle McSlarrow at FORUM 2010
Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO of NCTA, discussed with Mark Robichaux, editor-in-chief of Multichannel News, the importance of effectively telling cable’s story to the industry’s success during a general session at FORUM 2010.
(Added 09/20/2010)
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