Dimitrios Angelidis

Martha Bartle

Emily Berg

Astrid Blikom

Jennifer Chase

Peter Czyryca

Debra Filcman

Kevin Ford

Nadine Hoffman

Anna Jordan

Noriko Kitano

Morag Maclachlan

Joanna Prisco

Ruth Miriam Sullivan

Claudia Torrens

About this project

A new Boston emerges
It's a city of tradition and a city in transition, a city of old neighborhoods and new faces who are bringing new ideas and new energy to places sometimes still resistant to the change.

But in many ways, change is defining the City of Boston.  It can be found in a Buddhist temple nestled in a Brighton apartment,  the impact of Salvadoran businesses on East Boston’s economy, the unexpected mix of voices and faces in once-homogenous neighborhoods like South Boston and the North End.

In the spring semester of 2003, we, the graduate students in JR610, an advanced print journalism class instructed by Jerry Lanson, set out to chronicle some of the transitions taking place in Boston's vibrant and distinct neighborhoods. We discovered a city that, like much of America, is much different from just a decade or two ago.

Web site credits

Dimitrios Angelidis designed and created the web pages.

Anna Jordan designed and created the home page and was responsible for the photos appearing in the site.

Morag Maclachlan was responsible for the audio files.

Thanks to Michelle Johnson for her technical support.

Info and contacts

DIMITRIOS ANGELIDIS has worked as an editorial assistant for Press Pireas, a Greek magazine; as a foreign news editor for Flash.gr, a news web site; and as a web site manager for Greek Helsinki Monitor, a non profit organization. His experience includes editing and designing an online human rights review and working closely with minorities. He has a Master's in Communication and Mass Media from the University of Athens, Greece. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in journalism from Emerson College while freelancing articles for magazines. Download a resume (word document). E-mail: dimitrios_angelidis@emerson.edu

MARTHA BARTLE is an undergraduate majoring in journalism at Emerson College. She has written for the Fenway News on topics ranging from Mass. Mental's move to the housing crisis in the Mission Hill area. In addition to long days at the beach, she hopes to begin a co-op internship with The Boston Globe this summer. E-mail: martha_bartle@emerson.edu

EMILY BERG is currently working for her Master's Degree in print journalism at Emerson College. She received her bachelor's degree in English from The College of New Jersey, where she worked as a reporter for the "The Signal." Her articles include pieces on everything from the 2000 election to the ups and downs of the Lion's baseball season. When she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in the field of sports journalism. She enjoys a beautifly turned double play and a great pair of shoes. E-mail: emily_berg@emerson.edu

ASTRID BLIKOM is finishing her first year as a print journalism graduate student at Emerson College. Her background is in political science and languages. Astrid is from Norway, and before coming to the United States in September 2002, she studied in France and Spain. After graduating next spring, she hopes to work in civic journalism and politics. Astrid enjoys traveling, good conversations and Spanish red wine. E-mail: ablikom@spray.no

JENNIFER CHASE is currently pursuing a master’s degree in print and multimedia journalism. She graduated in 1997 from Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., with a degree in theatre and dramatic literature, and spent two years as a staff writer at The (Dartmouth, MA) Chronicle before becoming Radio Free Asia’s communications specialist in Washington, D.C. A fan of all-things leisure, Jennifer aspires to combine her degrees and experience to write and edit for a food, travel, or cultural publication. A freelance assistant to chef Mary Ann Esposito of PBS’s Ciao Italia, Jennifer lives in Boston’s South End where she works for the South End News and cooks for her roommates.
Home Page: http://homepage.mac.com/jenniferelise

PETER CZYRYCA is working towards his M.A. in Journalism at Emerson College in Boston.  He earned his B.A. in Communication at The University of Dayton in 1997, then went on to attain his NASD Series 7 & 63 Licenses to sell a broad range of securities, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities.  Peter began an internship with WBIX 1060 AM, Boston's Business Channel, in May of 2003.  Responsibilities include co-producing and conducting interviews for Boston Globe business writers Steve Bailey and Charlie Stein's "On the Money" show as well as CbsMarketWatch.com columnist Chuck Jaffe's "Money Life" show.  Peter aspires to be a business journalist upon graduating from Emerson. E-mail: pmczyryca@hotmail.com

DEBRA FILCMAN is a graduate of The George Washington University and is currently working toward her M.A. in Journalism at Emerson College. An avid writer of both fact and fiction, she spends her free time enhancing her love and knowledge of the arts in all its forms. She currently resides in Brookline. E-mail: debra_filcman@emerson.edu

KEVIN FORD was born and raised in Spring Lake, New Jersey. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University in 1999, he worked as a researcher and reporter at New Jersey Monthly magazine. He followed that with stints at Us Weekly and TV Guide. He has lived in Boston since September of 2002 and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Journalism at Emerson College. His work has appeared in New Jersey Monthly and the Lowell Sun, as well as on Jambands.com. E-mail: kevford76@hotmail.com

NADINE HOFFMAN is a graduate journalism student with a concentration in print at Emerson College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in 2002. After completing her Masters, this Pennsylvania native plans to stay in Boston and work as a reporter. She aspires to become a successful freelancer. E-mail: nadine_hoffman@emerson.edu

ANNA JORDAN is a graduate journalism student at Emerson College. She is interested in all areas of media, and hopes to pursue a career that allows her to work in more than one medium. Anna came to Emerson College from Missouri, where she studied advertising as an undergraduate at Northwest Missouri State University. Following her graduation, she explored several areas of communication. Her desire to continually learn and creatively challenge herself led her to choose a career in journalism.Following completion of her Master's degree, Anna plans to work in California, taking advantage of the rich sources of media available there. E-mail: anna_jordan@emerson.edu

NORIKO KITANO is a graduate student with a focus in Print and Multimedia journalism. Kitano works for the Sampan, a bilingual Chinese/English newspaper in Boston as a staff writer. Kitano worked for a couple of business magazines as a staff editor/writer in Tokyo before she came to Boston. As a former music student, she loves jazz and opera. Playing the piano is one of her favorite pastimes. Download a resume (word document). E-mail: noriko_kitano@emerson.edu

MORAG MACLACHLAN graduates in May 2003 with her Master's degree in Integrated Journalism from Emerson College. She hopes to pursue a career as a reporter. She currently freelances for The Standard Times in New Bedford. In her spare time, she enjoys drinks with friends, running on the beach and reading Nicholas Sparks' novels. E-mail: Morag_MacLachlan@emerson.edu

JOANNA PRISCO is an Emerson College graduate student currently fulfilling a master’s degree in Print Journalism. In addition to “City in Transition” she has written for The Beacon Hill Times, focusing on neighborhood issues, lifestyle, art and crime. This summer Prisco will be working for The Weekly Dig, where she will cover arts and entertainment. She can also be heard playing drums around Boston in the band: Pick-ups. E-mail: Dasnoqueen@aol.com

RUTH MIRIAM SULLIVAN received a bachelor's degree in management and health care administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.  She anticipates completing a master's degree in print and multimedia journalism in December 2003.  Her master's project will profile drug offenders participating in Roxbury Drug Court.  E-mail: ruthmiriam@earthlink.net

CLAUDIA TORRENS is a Spanish journalism student who entered Emerson’s journalism graduate program in Sept. 2002. After working for a Barcelona’s news wire for one year, she decided to come to Boston to improve her reporting and writing skills. Her goal is to become a foreign correspondent for a Spanish newspaper and, in the long run, come back to her
country to enjoy the sunshine and the siesta.
E-MAIL: claudiatorrens@hotmail.com



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Neighborhoods covered: Back Bay - Beacon Hill - Brookline - Chinatown - Dorchester - East Boston - Jamaica Plain -Mission Hill -
North End - Roxbury - South Boston - South End - West Roxbury

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