The institute is provided by the New England First Amendment Coalition. It provides editors, reporters and producers with the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative journalists, well versed in the access laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape. Many exceptional, award-winning journalists and outstanding First Amendment attorneys give their time to make the institute an extraordinary learning experience. Presenters and institute fellows span print, broadcast and online media. A goal of the institute is to change the culture of journalism in New England by way of the ripple effect — our institute fellows are required to share what they have learned with colleagues at their media outlets.
Topics covered by the institute include state and federal freedom of information law, how to access and use SEC documents, database reporting, Internet and social media research, source development, writing strategies, investigative techniques, and accuracy and responsibility in reporting.