NEFAC Provides Expert Speakers for University of Massachusetts Journalism Workshops

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition is providing workshop instructors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of the group’s First Amendment and the Free Press program.

NEFAC launched the program in 2018 to help educate the public about the role journalism plays in the country. The program brings reporters, academics and legal scholars onto campuses and into the region’s classrooms and community centers.

With NEFAC’s support, those below will participate in the university’s “Digital Media & Journalism: Shared Narratives,” a series of workshops and discussions for young Pakistani journalists. The workshops are part of the Civic Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.

Gregory V. Sullivan | Sullivan has served as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation for the past 40 years. He has represented Union Leader and many other media organizations regarding First Amendment issues in federal and state courts.

Felice J. Freyer | Freyer covers health policy and public health for The Boston Globe. She joined the Globe in 2014 after years as the medical writer for The Providence Journal, where she was awarded the “Master Reporter” award from the New England Association of Newspaper Editors.

Annie Ropeik | Ropeik is the environment and climate change reporter for Spectrum News Maine. She previously spent about a decade as a public radio journalist, reporting from NPR member stations in New Hampshire, Indiana, Delaware and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Since its launch, NEFAC’s First Amendment and Free Press program has provided more than 150 presentations, workshops and lectures. Please email with your presentation needs.

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.

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, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry, Connecticut Public and GBH-Boston.