Fellowship Applications Due August 1 for Annual New England First Amendment Institute

Local Reporters, Editors and Producers to Attend Journalism Program at Northeastern University

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org


Applications for fellowships to the 2018 New England First Amendment Institute are due Aug. 1. This eighth annual institute will be held from Sept. 16-18 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Application materials can be obtained here.

The New England First Amendment Coalition provides the three-day investigative journalism program 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 Cheryl W. Thompson of The Washington Post; Cindy Galli of ABC News; David Cuillier of the University of Arizona; Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; and Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

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, Northeastern University, the New England Newspaper & Press Association, Boston University and the Academy of New England Journalists.

Other supporters of NEFAC this year include the Barr Foundation, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

More information about NEFAI 2018 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 include the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.