School Of Journalism Partners With Tribune Broadcasting for Student-Driven Reporting Program

NEWS UPDATE:Since the partnership between WPIX-TV and Stony Brook’s School of Journalism beg an in February, Stony Brook students’ work has appeared regularly on the XIP News website –and several students’ work has appeared on WPIX local news broadcasts.

This story on rugby at Stony Brook is one example:

It—and other XIP stories by Stony Brook students—can be viewed on here.

NEW YORK, N.Y. & STONY BROOK, N.Y., February 23, 2009 –
 This month, PIX 11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate, introduced XIP NEWS, a student journalism program, with Stony Brook University School of Journalism signing on as the station’s first program participant.

Using Flip Ultra video cameras provided by PIX, 14 broadcast journalism students from Stony Brook University have the opportunity to submit news footage and packages to PIX. Students have been asked to submit breaking news, events, feature packages, community news, college or high school sports (local star athletes) local reaction to events, stories exclusive to the college/campus, or an assigned topic.

“PIX is pleased to offer students the opportunity to participate in the station’s XIP News program. By providing Flip video cameras, we are making journalism more accessible and helping broadcast students gain hands-on experience in the industry,” said Karen Scott, WPIX News Director.


“Our students are very excited to be part of this program,” said Marcy McGinnis, Associate Dean, School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. “This will allow our students to put their newsgathering and producing skills to the test and give them the opportunity to see their work on a professional television broadcast or Web site.”

“I think this is a great idea. Journalism is everywhere and you never know when you might bump into something newsworthy,” said journalism student, Jessica A. Laforest. “Having these cameras with us 24/7 allows us to function as reporters anytime, anywhere.”

Students will receive an audio or visual attribution at the time the footage is published and all participating students will have the opportunity to visit PIX’s news studio at the end of the semester and have the opportunity to apply for PIX’s station internships.

PIX currently produces 30 hours of local news each week including PIX Morning News, PIX News at Ten and 11 News Close-Up.

News footage by Stony Brook journalistm student Ashley Barton that appeared on WPIX’s site as one of the first stories to be published as part of the program can be viewed below:

About PIX 11
Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX-TV has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, WPIX becamethe flagship station of the CW Television Network, and its successful primetime programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children’s programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station’s success. WPIX has earned nearly 170 Emmy Awards, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Newscast. The station has been honored with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, specials and features. In addition, the WPIX has been the official broadcast television home of the New York Mets since 1999. For more information, please visit

For more information, call the School of Journalism Office at (631) 632-7403.