NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Saugus Public Library in 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 Sept. 25 at the Saugus Public Library, 295 Central Street in Saugus, Mass.

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

PETER CARUSO, SR. | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Caruso is a North Andover-based attorney representing professionals in a vast spectrum of media litigation, including defamation, media and Internet law, newspaper access, news reporting, and copyright law.

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 & Press Association.

MAGGIE MULVIHILL | Mulvihill is an attorney and a professor at Boston University’s College of Communication where she teaches data journalism and media law and ethics. A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Mulvihill co-founded the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

NAOMI SCHALIT | A senior editor at The Conversation, Schalit began her career at the San Jose Mercury News, worked as a reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio and edited the opinion pages for two Maine newspapers. She also co-founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

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.