Applications for fellowships to the institute are due Aug. 1. Application materials can be obtained 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. Many exceptional, award-winning journalists and First Amendment attorneys volunteer as faculty each year. [...]
The New England First Amendment Coalition mourns the loss of five staff members at the Capital Gazette community newspaper near Annapolis, Maryland, who were killed by a gunman earlier this month in a senseless act of violence. We convey our utmost sympathies to the newspaper’s staff and to the families and friends of the victims.
The Journal is seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of Superior Court Associate Justice Netti Vogel’s controversial orders in April that blocked the release of the juror list, and barred members of the public from contacting the jurors, in a completed, high-profile murder case. [...]
But no one appreciates the danger of such a step more than James Risen, the former New York Times reporter who faced the very real prospect of jail time as part of a leak investigation by President Obama’s Justice Department. [...]
In a letter — drafted by Open the Governmentand sent to U.S. senators earlier this month — NEFAC and more than 40 advocacy and media organizations wrote that "the public is largely in the dark with regard to the functioning of the many of this country’s private prisons, and the industry operates with a lack of oversight and accountability mechanisms.” [...]
NEFAC Discusses First Amendment,
Journalism at Greenfield Library Event
The New England First Amendment Coalition presented a discussion on the First Amendment earlier this month at the Greenfield Public Library in Greenfield, Mass. The program featured Buz Eisenberg, an attorney and First Amendment expert. A Professor Emeritus of Greenfield Community College, Eisenberg has taught Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties.
His appearance was part of NEFAC's Featured Speaker Program. The program was launched in January and is an educational initiative bringing First Amendment and journalism experts to the region's college campuses, high school classrooms and local community centers.
On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME.
The majority held that the First Amendment prohibited the enforcement of ubiquitous provisions in collective bargaining agreements between public sector labor unions and government employers requiring all employees represented by the union to pay their share of the costs the union incurs when bargaining with the employer on their behalf. The court reversed its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. [...]
The Massachusetts supervisor of public records ruled in April that the state’s Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) can keep all investigative reports on the sudden death of a developmentally disabled woman secret.