NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Bedford Free Public Library

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 13 at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, Mass.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The Bedford Citizen.

Speakers include:

JIM CAMPANINI | Campanini is a former editor of The Sun of Lowell. He joined the newspaper in 1988 as assistant managing editor and later served as managing editor, executive news editor, news and operations manager and editorial page editor.

RICHARD GAGLIUSO | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Gagliuso has years of experience representing the media in issues like libel and privacy claims, efforts to gain access to public records and proceedings and the myriad legal issues that may arise during the newsgathering and reporting process.

LISA KASHINSKY | Kashinsky is an award-winning multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter for The Boston Herald. A graduate of Boston University, she previously covered the Merrimack Valley for The Eagle-Tribune and the South Shore for Wicked Local weeklies and The Patriot Ledger.

RICHARD LODGE (moderator) | Lodge has been a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor since 1977, working in Massachusetts and Maine. He is currently editor of The Daily News of Newburyport, named Newspaper of the Year for 2017 in its circulation category by the New England News and Press Association.

NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of its Featured Speaker Program, launched in January 2018 to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented at Brown University; at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester, N.H.; to a political delegation in Boston; at a church in Providence; and at the South Hero Library in Vermont; among other New England locations and audiences.

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.

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.