NEFAC to Present ‘Journalism and the First Amendment’ at the J.V. Fletcher Library

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion about journalism and the First Amendment on Oct. 4 at the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford, Mass.

The discussion will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature several prominent media and legal experts. The program 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.


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


Richard Lodge | 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 and Press Association.


Bob McGovern (moderator) | McGovern is an attorney, journalist and frequent lecturer on the First Amendment and the media. He was previously the legal columnist for the Boston Herald and served as NEFAC’s first law clerk. He is currently the assistant director of admissions at New England Law.


The event is part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program, launched in January to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented to students at the University of New Hampshire; high school students in Bridgeport, Conn., and at the annual New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University, 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 the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.