Applications Available for 2015 NEFAI Fellowships; Deadline September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT Justin Silverman | justin@nefirstamendment.org | 774.244.2365

Applications are now available for fellowships to the 2015 New England First Amendment Institute. This fifth annual institute will be held from Oct. 18-20 in Dedham, Mass. Application materials can be obtained here.

The New England First Amendment Coalition provides the three-day investigative journalism workshop each year to 25 journalists working within the region. The institute is provided to these journalism fellows at no cost and features many of the country’s elite investigative reporters, editors and media attorneys.

“We’re looking forward to an exceptional program this year,” said Justin Silverman, executive director of NEFAC. “This year’s fellows will learn from the some of the best in their profession, all of whom volunteer their time to help strengthen watchdog journalism in New England.”

Previous volunteer faculty included Pulitzer Prize winners Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post and Mike Rezendes of The Boston Globe, Emmy Award winner Anna Schecter of NBC and award-winning “Frontline” producer Michael Kirk.

NEFAI fellows will learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques, state-specific public records and open meeting laws, and how to best obtain documents through the federal Freedom of Information Act, among many other skills.

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of many individual and organization donors, including the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Robertson Foundation and The Boston Globe.

More information about NEFAI 2015 can be read here. Information on previous institutes can be found here.

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NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Donations can be made here. Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include: The Robertson Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Boston Globe and Boston University.