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Deadline Today: Local Reporters, Editors, Producers Encouraged to Apply for NEFAI 2018 Fellowships

Capital Gazette’s Terence Smith Joins Institute Faculty; Stephanie McCrummen of Washington Post to Deliver Keynote Address FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Fellowship applications for the eighth annual New England First Amendment Institute are due today. The New England First Amendment Coalition offers the three-day institute each year at no cost […]

NEFAC, ACLU, Media Groups Submit Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Court’s Denial of Jury List in Rhode Island Murder Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition, the ACLU of Rhode Island and several media organizations submitted today an amicus brief in support of a federal lawsuit filed by the Providence Journal. The Journal is seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of Superior Court Associate Justice […]

Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner, to Deliver NEFAI Keynote

FOI Expert David Cuillier Also Among Featured Speakers at Eighth Annual New England First Amendment Institute Fellowship Applications Due August 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen, a lead member of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, will deliver the keynote […]

Fellowship Applications Due August 1 for Annual New England First Amendment Institute

Local Reporters, Editors and Producers to Attend Journalism Program at Northeastern University FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Applications for fellowships to the 2018 New England First Amendment Institute are due Aug. 1. This eighth annual institute will be held from Sept. 16-18 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Application materials […]

NEFAC Renews Call for More Transparency Requirements for Privately Managed Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The New England First Amendment Coalition recently reaffirmed its support for legislation that would strengthen accountability and oversight of privately-managed prisons throughout the country. The Private Prison Information Act (S.1728) would apply the federal Freedom of Information Act to private prison, correctional and detention […]

NEFAC Speaker to Discuss First Amendment, Journalism at Greenfield Library Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion on the First Amendment from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 26 at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street in Greenfield, Mass. The program is part of the library’s Thursday Morning Club and […]

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Journalism After Shooting at Capital Gazette Newspaper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition mourns the loss of five staff members at the Capital Gazette community newspaper near Annapolis, Maryland, who were killed by a gunman last week in a senseless act of violence. We convey our utmost sympathies to the newspaper’s staff […]

Hearst Executive Editor, Rhode Island-Based Advocate Join NEFAC’s Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce two new additions to its board of directors. Joining NEFAC are Christopher “Topher” Hamblett, president and founder of The Foundation for West Africa, and Barbara T. Roessner, executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “We […]

After Arguments By NEFAC and Press Advocates, Maine Judiciary to Post Court Records Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Maine state judiciary announced this week that it will begin posting its court records online for public access. The decision – announced June 7 during a public hearing on access to electronic court records – followed multiple rounds of comments submitted by the New […]

NEFAC, R.I. First Amendment Advocates Call on Gov. Raimondo to Veto ‘Revenge Pornography’ Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called on Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to veto “revenge pornography” legislation that could criminalize constitutionally protected speech, saying the proposed law would chill news reporting. Revenge pornography is commonly considered the sharing of images depicting adult nudity […]