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Explore First Amendment Rights and Media Issues with NEFAC at PCL!

May 30, 2019 - 4:24pm -- publicity

The New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) will present its ongoing community conversation, The First Amendment and the Free Press, at PCL at two FREE June events, each featuring a distinguished panel of experts. Please join us for one or both discussions! 

Thursday, June 6 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street
Registration not required. Info: (401) 274-4145 

Featured Panel:
EDWARD FITZPATRICK (moderator) As the Providence Journal's political columnist, Edward Fitzpatrick championed First Amendment freedoms, pressing for access to public records. He now covers Rhode Island for The Boston Globe.
PAOLA PRADO Dr. Paola Prado teaches courses in journalism, digital media production and the First Amendment. Prado has authored journal articles and book chapters on topics related to digital inclusion, media diversity, and environmental risk news reporting in Latin America.
MIKE STANTON Mike Stanton is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. Before that, he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Providence Journal, where he worked for nearly 30 years and wrote extensively on political corruption and organized crime.
TIM WHITE Tim White joined the WPRI 12 Eyewitness News team in September 2006. He is the recipient of four New England Emmy Awards. White is the executive producer and host of WPRI 12's long-running weekly current affairs program "Newsmakers" and has moderated many live candidate debates.

Wednesday, June 26 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Olneyville Library, One Olneyville Square
To register, call (401) 421-4084 x4301 or email

Featured Panel:
G. WAYNE MILLER (moderator) Miller is a staff writer at The Providence Journal and a Visiting Fellow at Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, where he is co-founder and director of the Story in the Public Square program.
LINDA BORG Borg has been a reporter at The Providence Journal for 35 years, the last 15 covering public education and, more recently, Rhode Island colleges. Her favorites hobbies are swimming, keeping her dog out of trouble, and riding horses out West.
STEVEN BROWN Brown is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and has served in the role for more than 30 years. He also served as executive director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union and worked at the Philadelphia ACLU.
STEPH MACHADO Machado joined WPRI in June 2015 as a reporter. She covers politics and general assignment news, holding government officials accountable at the Rhode Island State House and tracking crime and punishment in Southern New England.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public's right to know. NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of its Featured Speaker Program, launched in January 2018 to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers.