Legal and Ethical Issues in New England Newsrooms | NEFAC presented a panel discussion on the latest legal and ethical issues within local newsrooms, including a summary of First Amendment and privacy law. Topics also included photography ethics, editorial considerations, drone use and press access to public school events. The video is available to view for free with a $10 suggested donation. Video and summary here.

Body Camera Footage, Vermont Public Records | NEFAC recently called on law enforcement in Vermont to release all video capturing the shooting of an unarmed man in Winooski, citing the public interest in police transparency. Coalition representatives spoke to local and regional news outlets about Vermont’s public records law and how releasing video of police shootings can help build trust between law enforcement officers and their communities.


Police Body Cameras and FOI Legislation | As police departments around the country increasingly use body cameras, many questions arise about access to these video records under FOI laws and how journalists can use the videos ethically. NEFAC conducted a panel discussion of issues related to the use of body cameras at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. Jim Smith, a coalition board member, moderated the panel. Video and recap here.

2016 New England First Amendment Awards |  As part of its annual luncheon, NEFAC honored U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy with its Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award. Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting received the coalition’s Freedom of Information Award. Michael A. Champa received the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. Learn more about the program, watch a complete recording of the event and view photos of attendees here.


About Sunshine Week |  NEFAC joins open-government advocates across the country every March to celebrate Sunshine Week. This national campaign is an initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of transparency and freedom of information. [More]


About Our New England First Amendment Institute |  Our annual institute provides editors and reporters with the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative journalists, well versed in the access laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape. [More]


About Our New England First Amendment Awards Luncheon | During our annual luncheon, we present the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award, the Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award and the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. [More]

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About the NEFAC Report |  Stay informed of all First Amendment and FOI news in New England with our monthly dispatch. This newsletter features original reporting by journalists, attorneys and right-to-know advocates who are on the frontline of freedom of information and First Amendment battles. [More]