Miami Herald Editor Casey Frank to Open Ninth Annual New England First Amendment Institute

Twenty-Five Fellows to Be Selected for Investigative Journalism Program; Applications Due August 9

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The Miami Herald’s Casey Frank, senior editor for investigations and enterprise, will deliver the keynote address at the ninth annual New England First Amendment Institute.

The New England First Amendment Coalition offers the three-day investigative journalism program each year at no cost to 25 New England journalists. The institute is from Sept. 22-24 at Northeastern University in Boston.

The institute provides editors and reporters with the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative journalists, well versed in the freedom of information laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape. Many exceptional, award-winning journalists and First Amendment attorneys volunteer as faculty each year.

Application materials can be obtained here. Deadline August 9.

Faculty this year include Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post; Cindy Galli of ABC News; Matt Kauffman, formerly of the Hartford Courant; Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University; Amanda Milkovits of The Boston Globe; and Tim White of WPRI-Providence. A full list of speakers, with more to be announced, can be viewed here.

Frank, the keynote speaker, has worked at the Miami Herald since 1980 in a variety of capacities. He previously worked for the Tampa Tribune and Coffeyville (Kansas) Journal and co-founded the weekly Lincoln Park News on the North Side of Chicago.

In addition to editing Perversion of Justice, on the travails of Jeffrey Epstein, he was the Herald’s editor or co-editor on the Panama Papers, which shared a Pulitzer winner with the International Center for Investigative Journalists and McClatchy, as well as Fight Club (on Florida juvenile justice) and Dirty Gold, Clean Cash (on the plunder of the South American rain forest by gold miners) both Pulitzer finalists over the past two years.

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of Northeastern University, the Academy of New England Journalists and the Boston University College of Communication.

Other supporters of NEFAC this year include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Barr Foundation, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

More information about NEFAI 2019, including a tentative schedule, 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 Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.