The state-wide celebration begins March 7 and is organized by the Massachusetts Civics Learning Coalition in partnership with students, teachers and other community organizations from across the Commonwealth.
The week’s more than 30 events are free to attend and open to the general public. Students from all states are welcome to attend.
March 10 | 6 p.m. ET
This event will focus on how students can use journalism practices to amplify their voices and the experiences of others. Students will learn the danger of news deserts and how they can help fill the void being left in local news coverage. Professional and student journalists will share with attendees strategies that can be used to shine a light on what matters most to them in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Students will receive practical advice on how to begin reporting newsworthy events in their lives through traditional school publications, social media platforms and other channels.
HADAR HARRIS | Harris is a human rights attorney and executive director of the Student Press Law Center. Under her leadership, the SPLC works to promote, support and defend the First Amendment and press freedom rights of high school and college journalists and their advisers through programs like a free legal hotline, attorney-led media law lessons and organizing grassroots legislative advocacy.
JULIE HUYNH | Huynh is a senior at Malden High School, where she is editor-in-chief of The Blue and Gold and class president. She also writes for Unpublished Zine, an online collective for creatives. Her passion for writing and storytelling has inspired her to pursue journalism in college, after which she hopes to become a radio broadcaster or writer, contributing to a space that allows for people’s voices and experiences to be heard.
WALTER V. ROBINSON | Robinson is Editor At Large at the Boston Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national and international events have graced the front page since 1972. He is the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Investigative Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Robinson is also a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors.
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 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 for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry and Connecticut Public.