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Bangor Daily News to Receive NEFAC’s Annual Michael Donoghue FOI Award

Coalition to Recognize ‘Lawmen Off Limits’ Series at April 21 New England First Amendment Awards FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor the Bangor Daily News with its 2021 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The FOI Award is given each year to a […]

Reconsidering Newsworthiness: Balancing the Reputational Harm Caused By Crime Coverage

NEFAC to Lead Conversation on Initiatives to Better Balance News and Privacy Interests FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will lead a conversation on how local newsrooms are reevaluating the newsworthiness of old stories in response to concerns about individual privacy interests. The discussion is […]

NEFAC: Vt. Public Records Act Covers Private Companies Providing Essential Gov’t Services

Coalition and Fellow Amici Argue for Broad Interpretation of Law, More Transparency FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued to the Vermont Supreme Court that private entities performing essential government services are subject to the state’s public records law. Courts throughout the country apply […]

NEFAC Executive Director to Present First Amendment 101 to Boston Bar Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, will present to the Boston Bar Association today as part of its Friday Fundamentals program. Silverman will provide a lecture on First Amendment law, giving an overview of how it works and its scope […]

PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor to Receive Hamblett First Amendment Award

NEFAC Will Honor White House Correspondent at 11th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its 2021 Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award to Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Named after the late publisher of […]

Sunshine Week: Local Journalism and Transparency in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Medfield Insider will be celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert panel discussion about local journalism and the need for transparency in Massachusetts. The discussion will be followed by a presentation on the state’s public records law. The […]

30 Minute Skills: Responding to a Subpoena

Registration Now Open FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently launched 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 […]

NEFAC: New Hampshire Bill Dictating News Coverage ‘Blatantly Unconstitutional’

Coalition Testifies Against HB 584, Explains First Amendment and State Protections for Free Press FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently testified against a New Hampshire bill that would require news organizations to publish updates to certain stories and limit the use of mugshots in […]

NEFAC Strengthens Advocacy in Maine, New England with Additions to Board of Directors

Sun Journal Editor Judy Meyer and Gannett New England Executive Lisa Strattan to Help Lead Coalition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce two additions to its Board of Directors: Judy Meyer, Executive Editor of the Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal and Morning […]

Nominations Open for NEFAC’s Annual Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award; Deadline March 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2021 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of […]