NEFAC to Present ‘The First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Providence Community Library’s Wanskuck Library

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “The First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 6 at the Providence Community Library’s Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street, Providence, R.I.

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

EDWARD FITZPATRICK (moderator) | As the Providence Journal’s political columnist, Edward Fitzpatrick championed First Amendment freedoms, pressing for access to public records. He now covers Rhode Island for The Boston Globe.

PAOLA PRADO | Dr. Paola Prado teaches courses in journalism, digital media production and the First Amendment. Prado has authored journal articles and book chapters on topics related to digital inclusion, media diversity, and environmental risk news reporting in Latin America.

MIKE STANTON | Mike Stanton is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. Before that, he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Providence Journal, where he worked for nearly 30 years and wrote extensively on political corruption and organized crime.

TIM WHITE | Tim White joined the WPRI 12 Eyewitness News team in September 2006. He is the recipient of four New England Emmy Awards. White is the executive producer and host of WPRI 12’s long-running weekly current affairs program “Newsmakers” and has moderated many live candidate debates.

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.