Sunshine Week 2015 |  NEFAC joined open-government advocates across the country to celebrate the 10th annual Sunshine Week. This national campaign is an initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of transparency and freedom of information. [More]


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]


The New England First Amendment Awards Luncheon |  NEFAC honors individuals who have promoted and defended the First Amendment throughout New England. During its annual luncheon, the coalition presents the Stephen Hamblett Award, the FOI Award and the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. [More]

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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]

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NEFAC conducts an annual New England First Amendment Institute each fall, an intensive training course on freedom of information laws and investigative techniques. It's taught by stellar faculty, including several Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. NEFAC files and signs onto amicus briefs, helping FOI advocates emphasize important points of jurisprudence in media law cases. We advocate for improved access laws, providing expert testimony on important legislative reform. NEFAC mentors law school students, helping them learn how to defend journalists and counsel them during their legal battles. We publish the NEFAC Report, a free monthly newsletter with original reporting from journalists and publishers within New England.

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