NEFAI 2021

About the New England
First Amendment Institute

Journalists from a variety of media and all six New England states will gather online Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 to learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques and public records access skills. The fellows chosen for this 11th annual New England First Amendment Institute reflect today’s diverse news media and come from daily and weekly newspapers, television and radio stations and online publications. Learn more about previous institutes here.


This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of the Academy of New England Journalists and Boston University. Other supporters of NEFAC for this year include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Robertson Foundation, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

Application Materials — (Deadline Extended to Sept. 25)

Application and Recommendation Form

NEFAI 2021 News

Applications for 11th Annual New England First Amendment Institute Now Available

Speakers and Presenters Include

Opening – Keynote Speaker


Closing – Featured Speaker


Evan Allen
The Boston Globe
Agya Aning
Mike Beaudet
Northeastern University
Olivia Belanger
Keene Sentinel
Paola Boivin
Arizona State University
Karen Bordeleau
NEFAC President
Arizona State University
Helen Branswell
Peter Caruso, Sr.
NEFAC Board of Directors
Caruso & Caruso, LLP
Lia Ernst
NEFAC Board of Directors
Edward Fitzpatrick
NEFAC Board of Directors
The Boston Globe
Richard Gagliuso
NEFAC Board of Directors
Bernstein Shur
Cindy Galli
ABC News
Travis Lazarczyk
Portland Press Herald
Jason Leopold
BuzzFeed News
Jennifer Levitz
The Wall Street Journal
Raymond A. Marcaccio
Oliverio & Marcaccio

Jenifer McKim
GBH Center for Investigative Reporting
Boston University
Judy Meyer
NEFAC Board of Directors
Sun Media Group
Maggie Mulvihill
NEFAC Board of Directors
Boston University
Justin Pelletier
Matt Rocheleau
Hearst Connecticut Media Group
Walter V. Robinson
NEFAC Board of Directors
The Boston Globe
Fernanda Santos
Arizona State University
Mike Savino
Sigmund Schutz
NEFAC Board of Directors
Preti Flaherty
Mary Schwind
Connecticut FOI Commission
Terrence Stackhouse
Mike Stanton
NEFAC Board of Directors
University of Connecticut
Gregory V. Sullivan
NEFAC Board of Directors
Malloy & Sullivan
Cheryl W. Thompson
Todd Wallack
Tim White
Brooke Williams
Boston University