Today’s piece for the John S. and James L. KnightFoundation blog has spotlighted the work of Watchdog New England. Calling the initiative a “win-win” for students, the community and the local media outlets with which Watchdog partners, the post points to the impact the non-profit has had since it first opened its virtual doors:
For students, the program provides the opportunity to collaborate with journalists and professors on hard-hitting local pieces; for the news organizations, the program offers quality, in-depth stories fit for publication. For communities, the program has shed light on important local issues, including the Dorchester local government’s plans for crime-ridden properties and Cambridge’s lax inspections of school cafeterias.
Read the complete piece here.
On November 13-15, The New England First Amendment Institute will hold its inaugural conference on freedom of information laws and investigative reporting techniques. The Institute will select 25 journalists — editors and reporters alike — to attend this three-day intensive training course in Dedham, Mass. These journalists will have the opportunity to work with a faculty that includes six Pulitzer Prizer winners, as well as prominent media law and First Amendment attorneys. The conference is co-sponsored by the New England First Amendment Center (NEFAC) and the Initiative for Investigative Reporting at Northeastern University.
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be a working journalist in print, digital or broadcast media in New England. The deadline is September 15.
Download the application here.
Download the letter of recommendation form here.
Click here to read the full NEFAC press release.