The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking applications for a pair of annual awards to recognize both private citizens and professional journalists who aggressively advance the people’s knowledge of what government is doing – or failing to do – on their behalf.
The Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award and the FOI Award will be presented at NEFAC’s annual luncheon Feb. 7 in Boston. Candidates for the Citizenship Award should have shown tenacity or bravery in the face of difficulty in obtaining information of which the public has a right to know. Both awards will be presented to New Englanders for activity in the six-state region in calendar year 2013.
Nominations for the Citizenship Award are due Jan. 8 and can be made by submitting these forms by email to email@example.com or by fax to 401.751.7542.
Rosanna Cavanagh, NEFAC’s Executive Director, said that the FOI Award will be a recognition of journalism at its best, working to bring the sometimes shadowy workings of the government into the light of day. Work in broadcast, online or print media is eligible. It will be given to a New England journalist for work that protects or advances the public’s right to know under federal or state law. Preference will be given to applicants who overcome significant official resistance.
Applicants for the FOI Award should submit their story or series along with a cover letter explaining the process of getting the story, why it was a significant accomplishment and how it affected the public. Entries, which also are due by Jan. 8, may be submitted electronically. The entry forms are here.
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By Justin Silverman, director, New England First Amendment Coalition
BOSTON, Mass. – Crowdfunding is a creative way to connect with those who value – and who are willing to financially support – the work we do. NEFAC has launched its first crowdfunding effort on the Indiegogo website to advance our cause of offering high quality training to New England journalists.
Until December 27, we will be accepting donations on Indiegogo
to help grow our New England First Amendment Institute, an intensive training course on freedom of information laws and investigative techniques. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help us better educate journalists throughout the region and improve the institute’s programming. With just about a month remaining in our campaign, we are nearly one-fifth of the way there.
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By NEFAC Staff
CONCORD, NH – After publishing 45 consecutive monthly issues of the NEFAC Report, Larry Laughlin, who served as Northern Bureau Chief for The Associated Press through 2009, and founding Board member of NEFAC until 2012, is saying “farewell” to NEFAC and joining the ranks of the “jubilados,” Spanish for “the jubilant ones,” otherwise known as retired persons.
We will miss Larry greatly, but his passion for open government and his vision for our organization and especially for the NEFAC Report, his brainchild, will remain with us to guide us in the months and years to come. As a long time Executive Committee member, who has aided the organization since its inception in 2006, Larry’s purposefulness, sense of humor and constancy have been great assets to our organization.
Thank you, Larry!