NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Fitchburg 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 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street in Fitchburg, Mass.

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

KRISTEN NEVIOUS | Nevious is director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University. Alongside her three degrees in journalism, her professional experience includes public relations for non-profit organizations, and teaching journalism and advertising, among other subjects.

GREGORY V. SULLIVAN | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Sullivan serves as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation. He teaches First Amendment Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, N.H.

EMILY SWEENEY (moderator) | Sweeney covers local news and writes the “Blotter Tales” column for The Boston Globe. She’s also a regular contributor to the Names page. A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Sweeney graduated from Northeastern University and has been on the Globe staff since 2001.

PHYLLIS ZRZAVY | Zrzavy is a professor of communication at Franklin Pierce University. She teaches subjects including media criticism, presents on topics such as “fake news” and has published articles analyzing the media’s role in society. Zrzavy is an inductee in the New Hampshire EDies Hall of Fame.

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 40 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, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.