NEFAC to Participate in SPJ’s Regional Conference at Roger Williams University

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will be at the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference later this month at Roger Williams University.

The conference will be hosted April 21-22 by the university’s journalism program, Southern Connecticut State University‘s journalism department and local SPJ chapters.

NEFAC is participating in a First Amendment roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. on April 22. The discussion will be moderated by Tim White, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors and an investigative journalist at WPRI in Providence. Panelists include NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman and Edward Fitzpatrick, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors and a reporter for The Boston Globe.

SPJ Region 1 Conference First Amendment Roundtable
9 a.m. | April 22 | Roger Williams University

Speakers Include

Edward Fitzpatrick | Fitzpatrick is a Boston Globe staff writer covering Rhode Island. He worked for 16 years at the Providence Journal, including eight years as the political columnist and five years as the courts reporter.

Roy Gutterman | Gutterman is an associate professor and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is a former newspaper reporter and former practicing lawyer.

Steph Machado | Machado covers politics and the city of Providence for the Target 12 investigative team, holding government officials accountable at the Rhode Island State House and Providence City Hall.

Justin Silverman | Silverman is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. A Massachusetts-based attorney, Justin helps lead NEFAC’s First Amendment and open government advocacy throughout the six-state region.

Tim White (moderator) | White, is an investigative reporter for WPRI in Providence and an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University. White is the recipient of five New England Emmy Awards for investigative reporting.

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, the Champa Charitable Foundation Fund, Connecticut Public and GBH-Boston.