NEFAC to Provide College Media Roundtable, Newsroom Safety Seminar at Boston Convention

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will provide two sessions at the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association winter convention later this week.

The convention is Feb. 15-16 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Register here. Any college journalism department that purchased a table for NEFAC’s awards luncheon on Friday can send an unlimited number of students to all the convention sessions at no cost.

February 15 at 2:15 p.m.

What are the key issues facing college journalists? Fighting with the administration over a story? Faculty members and others refusing to do interviews? Libel issues? Invasion of privacy questions? Getting pressure to take an accurate story off the website? Spending for sports? Private college refusing to turn over public records?

Several top New England journalists and attorneys will help student journalists get over the hurdles they face. They will provide solutions for all those nagging questions that confront schools – public and private — across New England. Speakers include:

Karen Bordeleau | NEFAC, Emerson College
Michael Donoghue | NEFAC, St. Michael’s College
Lincoln McKie, Jr. | Lincoln Associates
Elizabeth A. Ritvo | NEFAC, Brown Rudnick LLP
Gregory V. Sullivan | NEFAC, Malloy & Sullivan

February 16 at 10:30 a.m.

An all-encompassing presentation about how you and your colleagues can remain safe by using three key points: (1) See something, say something (2) Run, hide, fight (3) Stop the bleed. You and your newsroom do not want to miss how to be prepared to confront certain dangerous situations, including active shooters and other threats. Speakers include:

Michael Donoghue (moderator) | NEFAC, Vermont Press Association
Chief Gary Taylor | St. Albans (Vt.) Police Department
Lieutenant Jason Wetherby | St. Albans (Vt.) Police Department

NEFAC’s convention sessions are the latest presentations and lectures provided by the coalition throughout the region. Most recently, NEFAC taught First Amendment law to a Canadian delegation in Boston, called for newsroom unity at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, discussed democracy in Providence, explained the importance of journalism in Vermont and showcased the value of Free Speech during a multi-day constitutional celebration in Portland.

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 Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.