Data Journalism Veteran and National First Amendment Advocate Join NEFAI 2016 Lineup


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The list of all-star faculty and speakers at the upcoming sixth annual New England First Amendment Institute continues to grow.

Twenty-five New England journalists will attend the three-day investigative journalism workshop and learn from many of the country’s best editors, reporters and media attorneys.

The New England First Amendment Coalition provides the institute — held this year from Oct. 16-18 in Dedham, Mass. — at no cost to those who attend. The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller, former executive editor at The New York Times, will provide the keynote address.

Also speaking at the institute is Jodi Upton, a former data journalist at USA Today who is now serving as Syracuse University’s Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism, and Gene Policinski, a nationally known First Amendment advocate and chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. Upton will provide the institute’s dinner address on Oct. 17 and Policinski will provide the closing speech the following day.

“We’re honored to have Jodi and Gene join our institute’s impressive faculty,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “Our coalition is very excited about this year’s program and anxious for it to begin.”

Other recent additions to the institute faculty include:

  • David DesRoches | WNPR-Connecticut
  • Cindy Galli | ABC News
  • Ray Marcaccio | Oliverio & Marcaccio, LLP
  • Andrea K. McDaniels | The Baltimore Sun
  • Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe
  • Shawn Musgrave | New England Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Anna Schecter | NBC News
  • Sigmund Schutz | Preti Flaherty
  • Mike Stanton | University of Connecticut
  • Susan Wornick | WCVB-Boston (formerly)
  • Mitchell Zuckoff | Boston University

A full list of faculty and speakers can be found here. The 2016 fellows will be announced later this month.

“Many thanks to all our speakers who volunteer their time each year,” Silverman said. “With their help and that of our supporters we are continuing to strengthen New England journalism.”

Sponsors and supporters of this year’s institute include The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, the Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Academy of New England Journalists.


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 Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe and Boston University.