NEFAC Announces Its 2013 New England First Amendment Institute Fellows


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Journalists from a variety of media and all six New England states will gather in Dedham, Mass., Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 to learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques and public records access skills.

The fellows chosen for this, the New England First Amendment Coalition’s third annual Institute, reflect today’s diverse news media and come from daily and weekly newspapers, television and radio stations and online publications.

“The interest shown in joining this year’s class was very gratifying,” said Rosanna Cavanagh, NEFAC’s executive director. “The strength of the candidates made the selection process very difficult. They and their organizations feel strongly about the mission  NEFAC was created to advance — the people’s right to know that their elected and appointed officials are honoring the public’s trust.”

Here, by state and professional affiliation, are the 2013 fellows:




New Hampshire

Rhode Island


The program will take place at the New England Newspaper and Press Association‘s headquarters in Dedham.

Cavanagh said the program is supported by grants from the McLean Contributionship and the National Freedom of Information Coalition and sponsorships from New England Society of Newspaper Editors, the Academy of New England Journalists, Hearst Newspapers, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Boston Globe and Sam Adams.

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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, librarians, academics and private citizens.