Sunshine Week: Local Journalism and Transparency in Massachusetts

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Medfield Insider will be celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert panel discussion about local journalism and the need for transparency in Massachusetts. The discussion will be followed by a presentation on the state’s public records law.

The discussion will be held online from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 19. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Local Journalism and Transparency in Massachusetts

March 19 | 5:30 p.m. | Online | Free



PETER CARUSO | Caruso has represented the media in some of the most high-profile court cases in Massachusetts history since 1977. Caruso has represented print professionals in a vast spectrum of media litigation, including defamation, media and the Internet law, newspaper access, advertising acceptance, news reporting, copyright and publications law. He is also a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors.

KAY LAZAR | Lazar is a health reporter at The Boston Globe who specializes in holding public institutions accountable. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2013 as part of a Globe team that covered a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. She received a 2013 National Press Club award for excellence in writing on issues facing the elderly. Kay joined the Globe in 2004.

MORGAN C. MULLINGS | Mullings is a Report for America Corps Member. She covers the Massachusetts Legislature and Boston’s city government for The Bay State Banner with a focus on how local and state governments affect minorities. Mullings has interned with Rolling Stone and Metropolis magazine, which covers the architecture and design industries, and NYLON, focusing on copyediting, reporting and research.

CHARLES SENNOTT  | Sennott is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning correspondent, best-selling author and editor with 30 years of experience in international, national and local journalism. A leading social entrepreneur in new media, Sennott started GroundTruth in 2014 and in 2017 launched the non-profit organization’s new, local reporting initiative, Report for America.

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.