Vermont Criminal Justice: Public Records, Police Misconduct and NPRmageddon | A conversation with Liam Elder-Connors, reporter for Vermont Public Radio, about a surprising public records response involving the state’s attorney general, efforts to expose police misconduct and an appearance on NPRmageddon. This discussion is part of NEFAC’s First Amendment and the Free Press program. Watch video.


Major Wins for Transparency: How the N.H. Supreme Court Reshaped the Right to Know Law | NEFAC’s Richard Gagliuso and Gregory V. Sullivan discuss two positive decisions issued by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire earlier this month that will make it easier for the public to oversee its law enforcement agencies and hold police officers accountable for their actions. Watch video and read cases.


Local Police Reporting: Scanners, Protests and Pandemics | As part of our First Amendment and Free Press program, Tara O’Neill, breaking news reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, discusses her coverage of the Bridgeport Police Department and the challenges journalists face while trying to report on law enforcement during recent protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch video.


Secrecy in Rhode Island During the COVID-19 Pandemic | A conversation with NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman; John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island; and NEFAC’s Tim White, an investigative journalist at WPRI-Providence; about the toll taken on open government during the COVID-19 pandemic through executive orders issued by Gov. Gina Raimondo. Watch video.


The Role of Transparency in Policing the Police | A conversation between NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman and NEFAC’s Dan Barrett, legal director at the ACLU of Connecticut, about how access to law enforcement records can help us better hold police accountable for their actions and prevent future misconduct. Watch video. View all videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.


Know Your Rights: Joining a Protest or Covering One as a Journalist | With protests against racism and police brutality occurring throughout the country, NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman spoke with Lia Ernst, a NEFAC board member and senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Vermont, about our constitutional rights during political demonstrations. Watch video. View summary. Share Instagram slideshow.


Sunshine Week 2020 | NEFAC celebrated Sunshine Week with a discussion on open government at Nashua Community College. The program featured Gilles Bissonnette at ACLU of New Hampshire, Mark Doyle of Emergency Services and Communication, Rick Gagliuso of NEFAC and Bernstein Shur, Dean Shalup of The Telegraph, and Nancy West of the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism.


Tenth Annual New England First Amendment Awards | NEFAC honored A. G. Sulzberger of The New York Times with its Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award. Hearst Connecticut Media Group received the coalition’s Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The Cook v. Raimondo student activists received the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. Learn more about the program and view photos of attendees here.


First Amendment and the Free Press: A Community Conversation Series in Saugus, Mass. | NEFAC launched the series in 2018 to help increase civics education in schools, college classrooms and community centers. Watch a discussion featuring NEFAC’s Maggie Mulvihill, an investigative journalist and professor at Boston University; media attorney Peter Caruso, Sr.; and Richard Lodge, editor of The Daily News of Newburyport.


Rhode Island Open Government Summit | NEFAC’s Karen Bordeleau and Edward Fitzpatrick provided opening remarks at the Attorney General’s 2019 Open Government Summit. Bordeleau and Fitzpatrick emphasized the need for transparency within Rhode Island communities and encouraged municipal employees to prioritize the public’s right to know about local government. Watch the full summit here (NEFAC’s presentation begins at 00:11:06).


First Amendment and the Free Press: A Community Conversation Series in Shrewsbury, Mass. | NEFAC launched the series in 2018 to help increase civics education in schools, college classrooms and community centers. Watch a discussion featuring NEFAC’s Jonathan Albano, Anne Brennan of Gatehouse Media, Leah Lamson of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative, and Susan Spencer of the Telegram & Gazette.


When Muskets Defended the Editorial Page | Much has changed in the national discourse since a pro-war rabble two centuries ago. But while legal and conventional structures have been erected to protect a robust free press, the baying mob hasn’t exactly gone away, according to Justin Silverman, executive director of NEFAC, and Rep. Josh Cutler of Duxbury, author of the new book Mobtown Massacre. Listen here.


First Amendment and the Free Press: A Community Conversation Series in Dartmouth, Mass. | NEFAC launched the series in 2018 to help increase civics education in schools, college classrooms and community centers. Watch a discussion featuring NEFAC President Karen Bordeleau, former Hearst Connecticut editor Barbara Roessner, NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman and Edward Fitzpatrick of The Boston Globe.


Rhode Island FOI Laws | In recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, NEFAC and several local organizations presented a panel discussion on Rhode Island’s freedom of information laws. Speakers included Edward Fitzpatrick, formerly of The Providence Journal; Dan McGowan of WPRI-Providence; Amanda Milkovits, reporter for The Providence Journal; and Ethan Shorey, editor at the Valley Breeze. Video here.


Future of the First Amendment | As part of their Free Speech Week celebration in 2018, NEFAC and a group of constitutional advocates and media organizations hosted a panel discussion to explore the future of the First Amendment. Free Speech Week is a national campaign to increase awareness of free speech and its value in a democracy. Individuals, schools and organizations host events to highlight the importance of the First Amendment.


Constitution Week | NEFAC presented a discussion about the First Amendment at Framingham State University. Speakers included Jonathan Albano, Esq.; John Ambacher, a professor emeritus at FSU; and Jennifer Peter, the managing editor for The Boston Globe. Anne Brennan, the regional director of news and operations for the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily and 20 Gatehouse Media-owned weekly newspapers, moderated.


The First Amendment: What Are Its Limits? | NEFAC’s Jennifer Peter, managing editor of The Boston Globe, discusses contemporary First Amendment issues with Susan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, and Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for WBUR’s Bostonomix Bruce Gellerman moderates. View a full recording of the discussion here.


Sunshine Week: New Hampshire Right to Know Law | NEFAC presented a panel discussion on the New Hampshire Right to Know Law at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. Gregory V. Sullivan and Rick Gagliuso, both members of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, joined Nancy West of InDepthNH.org, David Saad of Right to Know NH and James Kennedy, city solicitor for Concord.


Rights of a Free People | NEFAC’s Justin Silverman and Ed Fitzpatrick join Linda Levin of Access/RI on Rights of a Free People to discuss the First Amendment and open government issues in Rhode Island. The program is sponsored by the ACLU of Rhode Island and featured topics such as state FOI legislation, cameras in the courts and Sunshine Week. The show is hosted by Carolyn Mannis, a Rhode Island attorney.