NEFAC Classes on Public Records Continue with FOI Lessons from New England Journalists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its series on public record laws with new classes on how newsrooms use the appeal process in their respective states as well as the Freedom of Information Act.
The classes will feature local journalists who will explain how their newsrooms appealed a public records request denial and the stories that resulted.
This latest round of classes will be provided by NEFAC with support from the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, SPJ New England, the Rhode Island Foundation, MuckRock and the New England Society of News Editors.
Registration is free and open to all members of the public.
The latest in a series of lessons — taught by leading open government experts, attorneys and journalists — on the federal Freedom of Information Act and state FOI laws.
Each class will be moderated by Emily Sweeney, a journalist at The Boston Globe and author of the books “Boston Organized Crime” and “Gangland Boston.” Sweeney currently writes the Blotter Tales column which appears in the Globe every Sunday. In addition to serving on the NEFAC Board of Directors, she’s also president of the New England Society of News Editors.
RHODE ISLAND | May 4 | 6:30 p.m.
NEW HAMPSHIRE | May 11 | 6:30 p.m.
MASSACHUSETTS | May 18 | 6:30 p.m.
FEDERAL FOIA | May 25 | 6:30 p.m.
Recommended Viewing: (1) Introduction to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (2) 3 Requests 3 Stories (3) Public Record Appeals
VERMONT | June 1 | 6:30 p.m.
MAINE | June 8 | 6:30 p.m.
CONNECTICUT | June 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Len Besthoff is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the NBC Connecticut Investigates team. He concentrates on stories using data, records, and whistleblowers to expose waste, corruption, and wrongdoing.
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.
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Leadership Circle donors include the Rhode Island Foundation, Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, and the Robertson Foundation. Major Supporters include Boston University, WBUR-Boston, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett, Linda Pizzuti Henry, Connecticut Public and GBH-Boston.