News

Applications for 12th Annual New England First Amendment Institute Now Available

Exclusive Investigative Reporting Program at Northeastern University to Be Offered to 25 Journalists; Deadline August 12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will host its 12th annual New England First Amendment Institute from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 at Northeastern University. The previous two institutes […]

NEFAC Provides Expert Speakers for University of Massachusetts Journalism Workshops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is providing workshop instructors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of the group’s First Amendment and the Free Press program. NEFAC launched the program in 2018 to help educate the public about the role journalism plays in […]

NEFAC, Press Advocates Recommend Changes to U.S. Supreme Court’s Proposed Rule on Sealing Judicial Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined fellow press advocates to call for more transparency within the U.S. Supreme Court.  In an April 27 letter, the organizations addressed the troubling trend of sealing documents in an increasing number of cases each year and suggested […]

NEFAC, Mass. Open Government Groups Support Permanent Remote Access for Boston Public Meetings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org With virtual public meetings set to expire in Massachusetts on July 15, the New England First Amendment Coalition joined several advocacy organizations today to support a new Boston proposal to permanently establish virtual participation options for public meetings. The groups — including disability rights and […]

How Newsrooms Use the Public Records Appeals Process to Fight for Information

NEFAC Classes on Public Records Continue with FOI Lessons from New England Journalists FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its series on public record laws with new classes on how newsrooms use the appeal process in their respective states as well as the […]

NEFAC: Mass. Libel Law Restricts Flow of Information and Encourages Self-Censorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued against a Massachusetts libel law that prohibits the truth as a defense in certain cases. Truthful comments, the coalition explained in an April 14 amicus brief, are protected by the state’s Constitution even if they are on […]

30 Minute Skills: How to Diversify Your Sources

The New England First Amendment Coalition launched last year a monthly educational series featuring short, practical lessons on journalism and the First Amendment. The goal of the program — called “30 Minute Skills” — is to provide reporters and other citizens knowledge they can use immediately in newsgathering, data collection, storytelling and other areas of journalism […]

New Hampshire Resident to Receive 2022 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award

Tara Gunnigle Used Public Records to Help Expose Town Official’s Illegal Land Purchase FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor New Hampshire resident Tara Gunnigle with its 2022 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award is given to an individual from one of the […]

NEFAC, Open Government Advocates Applaud Massachusetts House’s Hybrid Hearing Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Massachusetts House of Representatives leadership and the House Reopening Working Group announced March 23 that it “will work with the Senate to formalize a hybrid hearing model that allows in-person participation at hearings while retaining the benefits of remote access.” Advocates — including the New […]

Worcester Telegram & Gazette to Receive NEFAC’s 2022 Freedom of Information Award

Newspaper Prevailed in Landmark Public Records Battle with City Police Department FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor the Worcester Telegram & Gazette with its 2022 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The FOI Award is given each year to a New England journalist […]