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Steven R. Jones (B.S.’82/MC) originally studied electrical engineering at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., but after developing an interest in the media, he transferred to VCU’s School of Mass Communications. There he joined the VCU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and worked for the student newspaper, The Commonwealth Times.
After graduating in 1982, Jones took a job with The Professional Surveyor magazine. Jones credits his experience at The Commonwealth Times for this job offer.
Over the next 18 years, Jones worked in mass communications in various capacities, and in 2000, he became executive director of the Association of Cable Communicators, an organization that promotes the effectiveness of professional communicators in the cable industry. As executive director, he oversees operations and works with the group’s board on long-term planning.
Jones, an avid Rams basketball fan, said the best part of his job is working with professional athletes, politicians and celebrities. During his tenure with ACC, he has worked with Sen. Frank Lautenberg, DN. J.; Rep. Susan Molinari, R-N.Y.; former NBA player and entertainer John Salley; and comedian Lewis Black.
Under Jones’ leadership, the ACC works to meet its members’ evolving needs through the development of new products and services. For example, a current ACC campaign focuses on the power of Web 2.0 tools that cable communicators can use to work more effectively. The campaign includes a series of videos and other resources posted on its website.