NEFAC Sending Portland Press Herald, Valley News Reporters to Five-Day Data Workshop

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The New England First Amendment Coalition is sending two local journalists to the upcoming five-day Data+Narrative storytelling workshop at Boston University.

The coalition is sponsoring two seats at the workshop for past attendees of its New England First Amendment Institute. The annual institute is a three-day investigative journalism program offered to 25 New England journalists at no cost to them. Since the institute’s founding in 2011, NEFAC has trained more than 200 fellows.

Attending the Data+Narrative workshop this year will be Nora Doyle-Burr of the Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., and Peter McGuire of the Portland Press Herald. Both were institute fellows in 2014.

NORA DOYLE-BURR | VALLEY NEWS Nora Doyle-Burr covers health care for the Valley News, a daily newspaper based in Lebanon, N.H., covering an area of New Hampshire and Vermont that includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and several other large and small health agencies. Before taking on the health care beat in 2017, she wrote feature stories about food and education and covered municipal politics in Lebanon. Prior to coming to the Valley News in 2014, she worked as the sole full-time reporter for the Hardwick Gazette in Hardwick, Vt. She also worked as a part-time web producer for the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a master’s degree in science and medical journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

PETER McGUIRE | PORTLAND PRESS HERALD Peter McGuire is a business reporter covering Maine trade, transportation, economic development and tourism for the Portland Press Herald. A proud native of the western Maine mountains, there is a good chance he would rather be playing outside. McGuire has covered local news for Maine newspapers in Oxford County, Brunswick, Waterville and Portland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master’s degree in international relations from Boston University.

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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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.