For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


         Rochester, New York (May 23, 2008) – WXXI-TV News Director Julie Philipp is one of 12 public broadcasting journalists selected by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB) and WETA Washington, D.C. to participate in the WETA News Academy for public broadcasters. While at WETA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia from June 16 to 21, Philipp and fellow journalists will focus on local election coverage, and how to implement best practices and enhance their coverage of state, county and city elections in 2008. They’ll also have the chance to speak with staffers of NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal.
         According to a WETA press release announcing the second edition of the News Academy, “the curriculum incorporates the expertise of PBS, CPB and independent producers to ensure that participants receive the widest possible exposure to modern news production.”
         Philipp, WXXI-TV News Director and host of WXXI’s weekly public affairs program Need to Know, is an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience covering local and state news for television, radio, and newspapers. She has produced numerous civic engagement projects, including local By the People events with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and is currently leading a CPB Public Media Innovation Round One grant project, Overcoming Barriers to Civic Participation by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Philipp has hosted political forums and debates, and assisted with scientific, issues-related polling of registered voters. Through a project called Voice of the Voter, she has created multi-media election programming based on the stories of ordinary citizens.
         At the Academy, Philipp will also share some of WXXI's election-related programming, both to inspire others at the Academy and receive valuable feedback to enhance WXXI’s coverage of Election '08.
         Philipp joined WXXI-TV News in 2004. As a seasoned journalist, she has worked for WXXI-AM, Messenger Post Newspapers, and commercial television. Philipp resides in Farmington with her husband and children.

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