WERS 88.9FM Packages

Over my Fall ’14 semester at Emerson College, I worked for WERS 88.9FM. I worked specifically on the public affairs show called You Are Here contributing a package almost every other week related to the show’s changing weekly theme. Unfortunately, they haven’t uploaded anything recently to their SoundCloud page so here are my clips that aired on WERS (Note: these have already aired on the station and do not cover recent news):

I want to add that working for WERS was an awesome experience and has opened my eyes to the world of radio journalism, which I found out I really enjoy. I hope to continue with the station next semester as well.

Update: WERS has uploaded these clips: herehere and here.

Breaking Bread

Award Winning Bricco Panetteria (Published in Scene magazine)

By Alexandra Fileccia

Hidden down an alleyway off of Hanover Street in the North End lies Bricco Panetteria. Follow the stairs down and you’ll enter into the cozy bakeshop. On your right stands a tall rack filled with dozens of loaves of bread. On the counter in front of you sits fresh croissants and sandwich bread. The buzz of busy bakers fills your ears as they make the day’s supply of bread. The panetteria has received nothing but praise since its opening about four years ago.

The bakery takes the title of “Best bakery/bread” for the second year in a row in Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” issue. The Panetteria was also mentioned in the August 2014 issue of Bon Appétit. Owner Frank DePasquale initially opened the bakery to supply his own bread to his restaurants. Now, anyone can stop by for a loaf of bread.

With new head baker Antonio Follico and a new variety of breads including polenta bread, truffle bread and sesame bread, Bricco is bringing a fresh taste while staying close to tradition. “We like to play with the recipes,” says Antonio, “People like to try something different.” Antonio worked his way up in the panetteria, and with his experience and new responsibilities he plans to change things up a bit.

The ingredients and passion that goes into creating the bread make it so desirable. Bricco uses minimal ingredients such as unbleached, unbromated enriched wheat flour and organic wheat flour, water and salt. Antonio’s favorite breads are Olive Ciabatta and Prosciutto and Parmesan Ciabatta, two of the bakery’s popular loaves. The panetteria is open everyday from 8am to 11pm. If you haven’t already, head down Bricco Place and grab yourself a loaf.

Is it worth more than a dime?

In the North End of Boston, grocery shopping can be a little tricky. Residents complain about the distance of reasonably-priced chain stores and the local markets’ high prices, though store owners say these local stores keep the neighborhood feel.

High Society — sports business org grows during first year

High Society — sports business org grows during first year
By Alexandra Fileccia / Staff Writer
April 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Nearly a year ago, the Emerson College Sports Business Society’s membership consisted of five friends tossing around ideas for an organization that would explore sports entrepreneurship.

Now, in its mere two semesters of existence, the fledgling group has brought several guest speakers, hosted an intramural flag-football tournament, and grown to include a sports-centric blog with roughly a dozen different contributors and more than 11,000 views.

Jake Bennett, the vice president of the society, said the success of the organization comes from the large number of students interested in sports-related careers at Emerson.

“Most people here aren’t going pro,” said Bennett, a junior visual and media arts major, “but that doesn’t mean they can’t get a job in sports without being an athlete.”

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Student entrepreneurs launch charity music business

Student entrepreneurs launch charity music business
By Alexandra Fileccia / Beacon Staff
April 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

With three days to make money, junior Isabel Thottam partnered with senior Emily Smith for a project as part of the Emerson Experience in Entrepreneurship (E3) program they were enrolled in. The two visual and media arts majors and entrepreneurial studies minors scrambled to develop an idea, ultimately coming up with a concept that combined their love of music with philanthropy. Thus, Hold On Another Day was born.

Hold On Another Day is a for-profit organization put into motion through the E3 program for entrepreneurial studies minors. During this one-year program—which  consists of two classes each semester—students learn about topics such as communication, law, finance, leadership, management, marketing, and sales.

Similar to the TOMS one-for-one business model in which for every pair of shoes purchased the company promises to donate a pair of shoes to a child in need,  Hold On Another Day donates a mixed CD to a partner organization every time a copy is sold. The organization helps those in need through the power of music, said Thottam.

Their current product is a mixed CD titled, “Songs for Soldiers.” For this compilation, they partnered with Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to soldiers overseas. For every “Songs for Soldiers” disk sold, one will be donated and put into a gift basket for a soldier. President of Operation Gratitude Carolyn Blashek said she was extremely impressed by the ingenuity and enthusiasm of a college student creating this type of business model.

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Brattle Book Shop Photo Slideshow

Alcohol poisoning transports increase

Alcohol poisoning transports increase!
By Alexandra Fileccia / Beacon Correspondent
February 16, 2012 at 2:27 am

A freshman stumbles into the lobby of Piano Row one October night, too drunk to know much of what is going on. She just wants to sleep.

As she is about to pass out, a concerned resident assistant spots her and calls for help. Hours later, the student — who spoke on the condition of anonimity — woke up in the hospital with a sense of fear and little recollection of last night’s events. “Honestly, I don’t remember leaving the party. I just remember waking up in the hospital,” the student said.

The student was one of the 14 on-campus residents in the fall of 2011 semester hospitalized for heavy drinking. Over the past three years, the number of students transported to the hospital due to intoxication has increased, according to David Haden, associate dean and director of housing and residence life. Haden said according to statistics, in fall of 2009, there were six hospital transports, and 11 in the fall of 2010.

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