Reconsidering Newsworthiness: Balancing the Reputational Harm Caused By Crime Coverage

NEFAC to Lead Conversation on Initiatives to Better Balance News and Privacy Interests

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will lead a conversation on how local newsrooms are reevaluating the newsworthiness of old stories in response to concerns about individual privacy interests.

The discussion is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 9 and is part of the New England Newspaper & Press Association‘s spring convention. Registration is required.

Earlier this year, both The Boston Globe and the Bangor Daily News launched programs that allow readers to request certain stories be reviewed given the harm their continued publication may be causing the individuals involved.

Programs such as these are being implemented in newsrooms throughout the country, prompting important questions about news coverage and the role of journalists in communities. More background can be found here.

Reconsidering Newsworthiness: Balancing the Reputational Harm Caused By Crime Coverage

April 9 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SARAH D. COLLINS | Collins is a Brown Institute Magic Grant recipient, journalist, and documentary filmmaker currently working at HealthDay News. She just wrapped up her documentary about an after-school circus program in Trenton and has been researching the right to be forgotten in American newsrooms. Previously, Collins campaigned on a bellwether congressional race in the Philadelphia suburbs and worked as a researcher for USC Annenberg Dean Emeritus Geoffrey Cowan. She earned her M.S. from the Columbia Journalism School and degrees in political science and broadcast journalism from USC Annenberg.

DAN MACLEOD | MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News, an independent, family-owned newspaper in Maine. He oversees a newsroom that covers the state from the northern border with Canada to Portland, Maine’s largest city. He previously worked for the Portland Phoenix, New York Post and Brooklyn Paper.

JUSTIN SILVERMAN (moderator) | Silverman is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. Silverman is a Massachusetts-based attorney and teaches First Amendment law at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland and New England | Law in Boston. He is a former journalist and newspaper publisher.

JASON TUOHEY | Tuohey has been the editor of since the site launched in 2011. has received numerous honors in that time, including the Online News Association’s 2013 Public Service and Breaking News awards, the Society of Newspaper Design’s “World’s Best Website” award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Boston Marathon attacks. Tuohey has been at the Globe for more than a decade, driving digital coverage of everything from presidential elections to underinflated footballs.

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.

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