Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan to Speak at New England First Amendment Institute

Applications to NEFAC’s 10th Annual Investigative Journalism Program Due Saturday

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org


Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post and the former public editor of The New York Times, will speak at the 10th annual New England First Amendment Institute.

Sullivan, author of Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy, will be the program’s closing speaker on Oct. 3.

The institute — hosted each year by the New England First Amendment Coalition and provided at no cost to those who attend — begins Sept. 26 and features many of the country’s elite reporters, editors and media attorneys.

All New England journalists are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Aug. 22. Application materials can be found here.

The institute provides editors and reporters with the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative journalists, well versed in the freedom of information laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape.

Application Materials Here. Deadline August 22.


Faculty this year include Errin Haines of The 19th; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Keila Torres Ocasio of Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University; Walter V. Robinson of The Boston Globe; and Casey McDermott of New Hampshire Public Radio.

All institute speakers and instructors — with more to be added — can be found here.

The program is typically offered over three days at Northeastern University in Boston. Due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and the limited ability of many journalists in the region to take extended time off, fellows this year will be attending remotely.

The institute will consist of weekday morning sessions with multiple presentations held each Saturday. There will also be several classes scheduled around the availability of this year’s fellows to accommodate individual preferences. View the full schedule here.

“We are making this year’s institute as convenient as possible for the many journalists in New England who have been working tirelessly during the pandemic and have little free time in between deadlines,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “This year’s format will make it easier for journalists in all six states to hone their craft while still meeting their newsroom obligations.”

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