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.

NEFAI 2021 News

Tracy Jan of Washington Post to Open Annual New England First Amendment Institute; Closing Remarks to Be Given by Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter at New York Times
NEFAC Announces Journalism Fellows for 11th Annual New England First Amendment Institute
Applications for 11th Annual New England First Amendment Institute Now Available

Application Materials — (Closed)

Application and Recommendation Form

Institute Links and Materials

Class Schedule, Documents and Presentations
NEFAI 2021 Program (Includes Bios and Contact Info)
Daily Evaluations
Future Fellow Nominations

Featured Speakers

Tracy Jan | The Washington Post

Tracy Jan covers the intersection of race and the economy for The Washington Post, a beat she launched in December 2016 that encompasses racial economic disparities, immigration, housing policy and other stories that hold businesses and politicians accountable for their decisions and promises. Her work has delved deeply into reparations for slavery, systemic racism in America, and the economic and health impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black, Asian, Latino and immigrant communities. She previously was a Washington-based national political reporter for the Boston Globe, where she covered the 2016 and 2012 presidential campaigns, the impact of policy and political rhetoric on voters and communities across the country, political dysfunction, and lobbying by New England’s hospitals and universities. During her 12 years at the Globe, Jan had also written about health and science policy, higher education, and Boston Public Schools. She started her career as a crime and courts reporter at the Oregonian and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, as well as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan. She has reported from Taipei, Beijing, Tibet and along the Yangtze River.

Astead W. Herndon | The New York Times and CNN

Astead W. Herndon is a national politics reporter for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. He was an integral part of the Times political coverage in the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential elections. In 2020, he was named to the Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 media list. Before joining The New York Times in 2018, Herndon held several reporter positions at The Boston Globe, including as a national politics reporter in the Globe’s Washington office, covering the Trump White House. Herndon is from the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Marquette University.

Faculty and Presenters

NEFAI 2021 Fellows

All fellows pictured above left to right by state.