NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton, Mass.

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 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 11 at Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street in Clinton, Mass.

This event is free and open to the public. Speakers include:

NOAH BOMBARD | Bombard is a Clinton resident and managing producer for news of MassLive. He previously worked as the digital editor for the Telegram & Gazette, editor of Worcester Magazine and managing editor of Community Newspaper Company’s Northwest Unit.

MELISSA HANSON | Hanson is a multimedia reporter for MassLive. She covers Worcester and reports on statewide news, including breaking news, courts and feature stories. She previously worked at The Lowell Sun and as a correspondent for The Boston Globe.

JUSTIN SILVERMAN (moderator) | Silverman is executive director of NEFAC and an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law where he teaches First Amendment law. Silverman, a Massachusetts-based attorney, is also a former journalist and publisher.

EMILY SWEENEY | Sweeney covers local news and writes the “Blotter Tales” column for The Boston Globe. She has been on the Globe staff since 2001, and currently serves on the board of directors for NEFAC and the New England Society of News Editors.

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. Since the program’s creation, NEFAC has provided more than 75 presentations throughout the region.

The First Amendment and Free Press community conversations series is supported in part by the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation.

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, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.