NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Sharon (Mass.) Public Library

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 4 at the Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main Street in Sharon, Mass.

This event is free and open to the public. Speakers include:

KAREN BORDELEAU | Bordeleau is a retired executive editor of The Providence Journal and an award-winning journalist. She is on the journalism faculty at Emerson College in Boston and the Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2015 and 2016.

BOB MCGOVERN (moderator) | McGovern is an attorney, journalist and frequent lecturer on the First Amendment and the media. He was previously the legal columnist for the Boston Herald and served as NEFAC’s first law clerk. He is currently the assistant director of admissions at New England Law | Boston and also teaches media law and ethics at Curry College.

BARBARA T. ROESSNER | Roessner is the former executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group, an amalgam of daily and weekly newspapers, websites and other print and digital products based in Southern Connecticut. A Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, she has twice served as a Pulitzer juror.

GREGORY V. SULLIVAN | Sullivan has served as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation for the past 39 years. He teaches First Amendment Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, N.H.

NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of its Featured Speaker Program, launched in January 2018 to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented at Brown University; at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester, N.H.; to a political delegation in Boston; at a church in Providence; and at the South Hero Library in Vermont; among other New England locations and audiences.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University. 

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