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Help support NEFAC’s New England First Amendment Institute on #GivingTuesday

indiegogoThis #GivingTuesday, consider the words of Amanda Milkovitz of the Providence Journal: “In my 20 years as a newspaper reporter, I found the New England First Amendment Institute to be the most informative and inspiring journalism conference I have ever attended.”

#GivingTuesday is a national celebration of charitable activities and non-profit organizations begun last year and occurring again tomorrow. The movement has resulted in millions of dollars in donations to non-profit organizations. This year, we would like you to support our New England First Amendment Institute.

We provide each year a three-day conference for 25 New England journalist fellows. These fellows (here is just partial, impressive list) participate in classroom sessions and lectures on how to better their investigative reporting by using freedom of information laws. The institute not only educates these journalists, but the newsrooms in which those journalists share what was learned. Take a look at what was accomplished last year alone. Your support will help us grow our institute and broaden its reach throughout New England.

While NEFAC offers other valuable resources and programming - our annual awards luncheonhonoring this year James Risen of The New York Times, for example – we are using the crowdfunding site Indiegogo specifically to help our popular institute.

Until December 27, we will be accepting contributions through Indiegogo to help grow our New England First Amendment Institute. Our goal is to raise $10,000. This money will 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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Indiegogo campaign underway to fund New England First Amendment Institute

Justin SilvermanBy 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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NEFAC report bids Larry Laughlin adieu

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!

Barge! What barge!? Oh, that barge!

By Jennifer McDermott, reporter,mcdermott The Day, New London, Conn.

NEW LONDON, CONN. – Before it was a “Google barge,” it was New London’s mystery barge. Construction on the four-story structure began in the late spring at the Admiral Harold E. Shear State Pier near downtown New London.

One of the early theories among staff at The Day and the readers who called us asking about the construction was that the building was a facility for Defense Department research. Groton, which is next to New London, is known as the “Submarine Capital of the World” because it is home to a Naval Submarine Base and submarine manufacturer Electric Boat. Others believed it was a movie set, floating prison, condominiums or office space. Proponents of the jail theory even jokingly suggested it could house super villains.

As the paper’s defense reporter, I was asked to figure it out.

I first e-mailed a source at the state Department of Transportation, since that department is responsible for the pier. I expected a quick reply explaining the nature of the project.

Instead I was told there was “vertical construction” being added to a barge by “a company” leasing dock space. He acknowledged his response was “a bit vague” but said that was all he could provide, “at the request of the Lessee.” Continue reading ‘Barge! What barge!? Oh, that barge!’ »