NEFAC’s Emily Sweeney of The Boston Globe to Discuss Disinformation, Election

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

Emily Sweeney, a reporter for The Boston Globe and a member of the New England First Amendment Coalition Board of Directors, will discuss media literacy and the upcoming elections during a free online presentation later this month.

Sweeney will be speaking as part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program. Launched in 2018, the program brings journalists and First Amendment experts to campuses and classrooms throughout the region.

To schedule a speaker or coordinate an event, please contact NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman at

Unraveling the Truth:
Fake News and the Election

October 19 | 1:30 p.m. | Online | Free

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Sponsored By Framingham State University

What is Fake News? How can you tell what you are reading is not false information? What is a trusted news source? How does this relate to the upcoming presidential election and how you make your voting decisions?

LAURA SAUNDERS | Saunders teaches and conducts research in the areas of reference, instruction, information literacy, and intellectual freedom. She has a strong interest in the connections between information literacy and social justice issues, as well as in the impact of misinformation and disinformation.

EMILY SWEENEY | Sweeney is a multimedia journalist at The Boston Globe and author of the book “Boston Organized Crime.” She has been a staff writer at the Globe since 2001, and her work has been featured on the Howard Stern Show, WBZ News Radio, New England Cable News, and other media outlets.

The discussion will be moderated by Sandra Rothenberg, senior librarian and coordinator of library instruction at Framingham State University.

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, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.