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


(Rochester, New York) October 29, 2008 – Young viewers of Assignment: the World, a national program that delivers news and current events in a safe environment for 4th through 8th graders, cast their votes inthe show’s Presidential poll last week. The winner? Senator Barack Obama. Obama received 53% of the votes while Senator John McCain received 40%. The additional 7% of voters chose “other candidates.”

Since 1976 the producers of Assignment: the World have asked young viewers to cast their votes, and they have predicted the outcomes of all seven Presidential elections. If history repeats itself – this poll’s results will forecast what will happen on Election Day, November 4, 2008.

Produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in conjunction with The Associated Press, Assignment: the World is the nation's longest-running classroom program and celebrates its 50th season this year. Assignment: the World host Teej Jenkins brings the top news stories from around the globe each week, guiding students through complex issues in a safe environment.In addition to its news reports on current events, the show presents a variety of interactive components that challenge its audience to respond to “Clues in the News” and to practice map skills, using longitude and latitude coordinates onscreen to locate news hot spots on globes and maps in class. Assignment: the World airs on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. throughout the school year, and on more than 90 public television stations across the country. The program is also streamed on the Web. Assignment: the World is taped by schools and used in classrooms across the country. The program’s length is 15 minutes, designed to fit into the structure of a classroom period. Teachers receive scripts each week and students communicate with the producers via email.
Assignment: the World has received numerous awards including a 2006 Telly, 2005 Gold Aurora and a 2000 Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence. The program is distributed nationally by the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, IN (

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