NEFAC to Present ‘Journalism and the First Amendment’ at Waltham Public 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. 16 at the Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, Mass.

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

Speakers include:

Maria Manning |  An experienced finance and operational executive, Manning is a trustee of the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts and serves as its treasurer. She has served on the foundation’s Board of Directors for nine years and regularly speaks about civil liberties and the law.


Maggie Mulvihill | Mulvihill is a professor at Boston University’s College of Communication where she teaches data journalism. A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Mulvihill co-founded the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.


Emmanuel Paraschos | A professor emeritus at Emerson College’s Department of Journalism, Paraschos is author of several scholarly articles exploring the role of media in the United States. He is co-publisher of Media Ethics magazine and creator of the booklet and website entitled The Boston Journalism Trail.


Gregory V. Sullivan (moderator) | 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.


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.