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CONGRATULATIONS to JEN PICHERRI and her team of Interns and Volunteers: 600 News Programs

Jennifer Picherri is television producer, and a WCCA TV staff members who has been recognized and award as a regional leader in communications education and on site mentoring in the field of community television. Jen’s 20 year long career here at WCCA TV has been dedicated to facilitating experiential learning, teaching the craft of TV and Video Production and TV journalism . We congratulate her and ever evolving team of students, interns and volunteers for producing over 600 episodes of one of her leading projects, our weekly “WORCESTER COMMUNITY NEWS” TV Magazine. 600 episodes !!!!

Participating in this program is a real creative experience and exemplary of STEAM education approach to critical thinking and career skill development. Each episode takes about a week to to produce and offers our students and volunteers an opportunity to gain valuable skills in TV production, audio field, lighting, script writing, reporting, conducting interviews, news reading, production design, networking, connecting with he rest of Worcester, and so much more.

THANK YOU JENNIFER, BRAVO !!!!!!! All of us at WCCA TV are proud of you and thankful for all you do to build community through electronic media / public access television.

WCCA TV is the first in Worcester to provide youth media and Television skill development opportunities in central Massachusetts.

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After I wrote and published this I recieved an email. I’d like to share the quote. I will keep it annoymous for trade reapsons.

FROM A COLLEGE PROFESSOR seeking to continue sending his students to WCCA TV for internship:
“In fact, one of my favorite internship stories, involves WCCA. I remember a particularly qualified young woman from our department who was interning there on the second shift. All of the reporters were out on other assignments, and the station received a call about a murder in Leicester. She asked a camera person to go with her, and they got the story together, with her doing the on-air reporting. It played that night on the 11:00 news.”


WCCA TV YOUTH MEDIA TEAM has fun while documenting the Worcester Ecotarium Tree Climbing Expedition . The group produced a video to journal the fun and it has been posted on the WCCA website at
Ecotarium Tree Climb FUN

WCCA TV YOUTH MEDIA TEAM members took part in the Tree Climbing Expedition at the Ecotarium in Worcester, Mass. where they learned how to use tree climbing equipment from experienced climbers. You can even don a harness and helmet and ascend by rope into the leafy canopy of one of the savanna’s giant oaks.

Tree Climbing Expeditions are held for a maximum of 10 climbers (must be at least 7 years old) and a total expedition size of 20 participants. Chaperones are required for children up to age 16 (one adult per 10 children).


TV130912-22013 Youth Connections Program has been posted on the WCCA website at

The Youth Connections Program was a collaboratin with WCCA TV 13 and the MCAS Program of the Worcester Public Schools. The youth invovled wanted to explore and learn more about Worcester. While reading the book “3,000 Degrees”, the youth went to different historical locations, museums, and fire stations in Worcester. During the program, they interviewed Mayor Joseph Petty along with several firefighters who were at the Cold Storage Fire in 1999. Not only did they learn about Worcester, but they had a great time in the process!


WCCA’s YOUTH Production Team and Worcester Arts Council partners to place the spot light on local artist

WCCA’s YOUTH Production Team and Worcester Arts Council partners to place the spot light on local artist. Special thanks also to Juliet Feibal of Arts Worcester for helping align local artist with WCCA’s young producers. The program was directed by WCCA’s own youth coordinator Chelsea Tice.

The WAC PROGRAM ( a simple title ) is something WCCA’s local youth worked very had on.
The team of young students call WCCA’s “Youth Video: Promoters of Local Artist Project” consisted of 6 youths from Worcester.

The purpose of the program is to teach youth about public access, how to operate a camera/equipment, learning & promote local artists, and having fun while learning. For this project, the youth interviewed 3 Worcester artists and received, through the documentary, an inside perspective on being an artist in Worcester.

In a few weeks students learned: to operate video equipment; participated in pre and post production activities; built personal connections with the local artist; and art related organizations; designed and produced an informative short form expose on the participating artist; and had lot’s of fun.

This fun, interesting and educational presentation will cable and webcast on WCCA TV 13 on
July 2 at 10:30pm, July 3 at 2pm, and again on July 5 at 6:30pm.

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
Thanks to our sponsors for this program:

YOUTH and MUSIC at WCCA this week

WCCA TV participated in, as well as videotaped, the Youth Summit held at City Hall. about 60 people attended this event. City Councilor Saria Rivera sought input from the community. The challenges facing youth are many from racial, poverty, health disparities, and lack of communication. WCCA TV plays a vital role in helping our young people to overcome these issues. TV 13 currently struggles with our budget to provide an affordable means for youth and youth organizations to: outreach; to build meaningful connections with parents and the community; to be empowered; and participate through their OWN voices; and to share their own stories. However, we can not do it alone, we rely on our community partners and our cable franchise funding to continue the work we have been doing since 1986. We applaud the initiative.

ALso this week WCCA TV’s BandEdge, Worcester’s number one live music TV show, shoots Rock Tail Renditions for some 60 style rock fun.
Thanks to our WCCA Interns for ALL they do to cover local events and to help many organizations outreach and to be a success at their respective missions.
This is Worcester’s youth at their best: