NEFAI 2019

About the New England
First Amendment Institute

Journalists from a variety of media and all six New England states will gather Sept. 22-24 in Boston to learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques and public records access skills. The fellows chosen for this ninth annual New England First Amendment Institute reflect today’s diverse news media and come from daily and weekly newspapers, television and radio stations and online publications. Learn more about previous institutes here.

Supporters

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of Northeastern University, the Academy of New England Journalists and Boston University.

Other supporters of NEFAC for this year include Hearst Connecticut Media Group,  Barr Foundation, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

Locations

Northeastern University, Boston

The institute will be held at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Mass. For more than 40 years, the university’s School of Journalism has combined academic excellence with practical experience, preparing students to be analytical thinkers and successful communicators. Here’s more information on Northeastern University. A campus map can be found here.

Application Materials — (Deadline August 9)

Application and Recommendation Form

NEFAI 2019 News

2019 New England First Amendment Institute Applications Available; Deadline August 9

Speakers and Presenters Include

To Be Announced

Journalism Fellows

To Be Announced

Sample Program Topics

Tales from the Trenches | Panelists will share their practical experience in investigative work through painstaking interviewing and use of freedom of information laws to unearth corruption and bring truth to light.

Common Pitfalls | Panelists will discuss how to accessing documents through FOI requests and how to respond to denials.

Tips for Staying Out of Legal Trouble | A team of media attorneys will explain common issues of concern in defamation and privacy law.

State FOI Law | The specifics of each state’s public records and open meeting laws will be discussed and cases will be reviewed in break-out sessions with knowledgeable attorneys and journalists from each state.

The Confrontational Interview & Transition to Audio or Video | Veteran journalists will discuss how to prepare for difficult interviews and provide strategies on how to engage viewers and listeners.

Writing Workshop and Narrative Flow | Fellows will learn narrative writing techniques and how to improve their storytelling.

Hunch to Headline | Fellows will learn the steps necessary to follow up on a lead using publicly available databases and how to turn that information into a compelling story.

Effective Sourcing | Panelists will discuss how to best develop sources and relationships, and how to evaluate information.