NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Shrewsbury 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 4 at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, Mass.

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

JONATHAN ALBANO, ESQ. | A NEFAC board member, Albano represents newspapers, entertainment and news broadcasters, publishers, universities, non-profit organizations, and individuals in cases involving a variety of constitutional issues.

ANNE BRENNAN (moderator) | Brennan is the regional director of news and operations for the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily and 20 Gatehouse Media-owned weekly newspapers. She was previously an editor of the Cape Cod Times and its lifestyle and entertainment website,

LEAH LAMSON | Lamson is the managing director of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative. She previously served as editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Lamson is also the chairwoman of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

SUSAN SPENCER | Spencer covers regional Worcester County news as well as health, investigative and environmental issues for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She has worked for the daily newspaper as a staff reporter for eight years plus an additional five years as a freelance correspondent.

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.