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November 6, 2007
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Association of Cable Communicators Launches The Beacon Awards® Blog

Week-and-a-half-long blog to contain tips to help members prepare entries for the November 16, 2007, Beacon Awards deadline

Washington, DC –As part of its continuing efforts to increase the recognition of its members' accomplishments and incorporate Web 2.0 features into its Web site, the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) announced the creation of a week-and-a-half-long blog focusing on the 2008 Beacon Awards®.  The blog is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 7 and conclude on Friday, November 16.

"The Beacon Awards honor excellence in cable communications and public affairs," said Ellen Kroner, 2008 Beacon Awards co-chair and senior vice president, communications and marketing, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC.  "The winning campaigns set the standard for other cable communicators to emulate and challenge them to raise their level of play.  Entries have increased the past three years in a row, and competition is fierce."

"The Beacon Awards blog will offer new and returning entrants valuable insight and advice as they prepare their entries," added Amy Cohn, 2008 Beacon Awards co-chair and executive director, public affairs, Cox Communications.  "It also provides our members with the opportunity to interact with one another by posting questions and comments after each blog post."

Beginning on Wednesday, November 7, the Beacon Awards blog can be accessed from ACC's Web site at  Each post will include the writer's perspective on the Beacon Award entry process as well as some helpful tips for other members entering their own initiatives into the 2008 awards.  Topics covered will include the Judge's Perspective, My First Year with the Beacon Awards, and the importance of the three-page project summary, results and creativity.  Participating bloggers are Amy Cohn, Kimberly Gilmore, Historian and Director, Corporate Outreach, A&E Television Networks/The History Channel; and the three 2008 Beacon Award Judging operations work group leaders: Janice Caluda, ACC Board Member and Vice President Operations, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association; Ann Ruble, Manager, Public Affairs, Cox Communications; and Stu Zakim, Vice President, Corporate Public Relations, Showtime Networks Inc.  

The creation of the ACC Beacon Awards® blog follows closely behind the launch of the association's enhanced online home at  The new Web site incorporates relevant and continually refreshed information, e-learning and Web 2.0 services like the Beacon Award blog, and serves as a focal point for ACC's members and cable communicators across the country.

The Beacon Award is cable's highest award for communications and public affairs excellence.  Beacon Award finalists achieve peer, industry and local market recognition for their exemplary work while setting a standard for their colleagues to emulate.  The final deadline for submissions to the 2008 Beacon Awards is November 16, 2007.  ACC will honor the winners at The 2008 Beacon Awards Gala and Ceremony on Tuesday, April 1 during FORUM 2008 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's communications and public affairs professionals. Formerly known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA), its mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on ACC, go to

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