Deadline Today: Applications to New England First Amendment Institute; Local Reporters Encouraged to Apply


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Applications for fellowships to the 2017 New England First Amendment Institute are due today. This seventh annual institute will be held from Oct. 29-31 at Northeastern University in Boston.

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.

Speakers this year include Kathleen Carroll, former editor at the Associated Press; Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post; Politico’s Josh GersteinEric Eyre, reporter for the Gazette-Mail (W.Va.) and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting; Cindy Galli, investigative journalist for ABC News; Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting; and Michael Rezendes of The Boston Globe.

A full list of speakers can be found here with more presenters to be announced soon.

Those selected as 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 the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, the program’s primary supporter; as well as Northeastern University, the New England Newspaper & Press Association, the Academy of New England Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

More information about NEFAI 2017 can be read here. Information on previous institutes can be found here.

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. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, Lois Howe McClure, The Boston Globe and Boston University. Celebration Supporters include The Hartford Courant and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.