NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Lawrence Library in Pepperell, 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 Nov. 13 at Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street in Pepperell, Mass.

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

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.

GEORGE GEERS | Geers began his newspaper career at Foster’s Daily Democrat eventually becoming managing editor of the paper. He left Foster’s to become executive editor at The Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News, and was later named editor of The Chronicle in Willimantic, Conn., and The Telegraph in Nashua, N.H.

LEAH LAMSON | Lamson, former editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, is the managing director of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative. She began her career at the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise and then moved to the Telegram & Gazette where she worked for 36 years. She is on the board of 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 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.