Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner, to Deliver NEFAI Keynote

FOI Expert David Cuillier Also Among Featured Speakers at Eighth Annual New England First Amendment Institute

Fellowship Applications Due August 1


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The Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen, a lead member of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, will deliver the keynote address at the eighth annual 2018 New England First Amendment Institute.

The New England First Amendment Coalition offers the three-day institute each year at no cost to 25 New England journalists. The institute is from Sept. 16-18 at Northeastern University in Boston.

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. Many exceptional, award-winning journalists and First Amendment attorneys volunteer as faculty each year.

Applications for fellowships to the institute are due Aug. 1. Application materials can be obtained here.

McCrummen is a national enterprise reporter for The Post, specializing in long-form narratives. She was a leading member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and exposed an attempted sting aimed at undermining the team’s work. The Roy Moore coverage also won a George Polk award for Political Reporting and the Robin Toner Prize for National Reporting. Prior to joining the national staff, McCrummen was the paper’s East Africa bureau chief. She has also reported from Egypt, Iraq and Mexico, among other places.


Joining McCrummen as a featured speaker is David Cuillier, an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he researches and teaches access to government information. Before entering academia in 2001, Cuillier was a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.

Cuillier has testified several times before Congress regarding the federal Freedom of Information Act, is a member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition board of directors, a former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, and co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

Other institute speakers include Cheryl W. Thompson of The Washington Post; Cindy Galli of ABC News; Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; and Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. A full list of speakers, with more to be announced, can be viewed here.

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, Northeastern University, the New England Newspaper & Press Association, Boston University College of Communication and the Academy of New England Journalists.

Other supporters of NEFAC this year include the Barr Foundation, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

More information about NEFAI 2018 can be read here. Information on previous institutes can be found here.

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 Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.