NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Cranston 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 June 17 at the Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston, R.I.

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

LYNN ARDITI | Arditi joined The Public’s Radio, Rhode Island’s NPR affiliate, after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at The Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. She has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram.

JARED A. GOLDSTEIN | Professor Goldstein teaches Constitutional Law and an array of Environmental Law courses at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He regularly publishes in top law journals and because of his nationally recognized expertise, he has authored numerous briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States.

JOHN KOSTRZEWA (moderator) | Kostrzewa is an adjunct professor at Bryant University. Previously, he worked at newspapers for 44 years, including 29 years at The Providence Journal as a reporter, business editor, columnist and assistant managing editor. A College of the Holy Cross graduate, Kostrzewa also worked at the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune and Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.

AMANDA MILKOVITS | Milkovits is a former reporter at The Providence Journal, where she has covered crime and justice stories since 2000. She now covers Rhode Island for The Boston Globe. She has won recognition and awards for articles about high-profile issues including sex trafficking, gang slayings and the impact of gun violence.

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.