Applications Due Oct. 3 for Fellowships to NEFAC’s Annual New England First Amendment Institute

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

Twenty-five of the region’s most promising journalists will attend the New England First Amendment Institute in November to learn the latest in investigative reporting techniques and freedom of information law. Those interested in attending the institute must submit their application by October 3. Applications can be accessed here.

The fourth annual institute, hosted by the New England First Amendment Coalition, will be from Nov. 16 to 18 in Dedham, Mass. It will feature many of the country’s elite editors, investigative reporters and media attorneys. Marty Kaiser, editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will provide the keynote address. Previously announced faculty also include Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, Anna Schecter of NBC News, Megan Twohey of Reuters, Michael Kirk of PBS and David DesRoches, formerly of the Darien Times. Recently added to the institute’s roster of esteemed faculty are:

  • Dieter Bradbury | The Portland Press Herald
  • Catherine Cloutier | The Boston Globe
  • Ian Donnis | Rhode Island Public Radio
  • Matthew Kauffman | The Hartford Courant
  • Mal Leary | Maine Public Broadcasting
  • Dick Lehr | Boston University
  • Jenifer McKim | New England Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Bill Malinowski | The Providence Journal
  • Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe
  • Colleen Murphy | Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission
  • Todd Wallack | The Boston Globe

The journalism fellows selected to attend the institute will learn about many topics, including the FOI process, how to make requests and how to respond to denials; about common legal issues in defamation and privacy; and about the use of database technology to analyze publicly available data.

“This year’s fellows will learn from the best in the journalism industry. The depth of experience and level of talent among our faculty will make the three-day institute an extremely valuable experience for those journalists who attend,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “It’s also important to note the many sponsors and supporters of this institute. Without their generosity and investment in the First Amendment, we would not be able to provide such valuable programming.”

In addition to those below, NEFAC would like to thank the Robertson Foundation and Jim and Cathy Stone for their support.

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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.