NEFAC Featured Speakers to Discuss Journalism and the First Amendment

Saturday, October 2011:00 AM—12:30 PMThe Lois M. Anderson Community RoomThe Newbury Town Library0 Lunt St. , Byfield, MA, 01922

The New England First Amendment Coalition will be presenting a panel discussion on the First Amendment and freedom of the press here at the NTL. The discussion  will feature several prominent media and legal experts including the following:

Peter Caruso, Sr. | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Caruso is a North Andover-based attorney representing professionals in a vast spectrum of media litigation, including defamation, media and Internet law, newspaper access, news reporting, and copyright law.


Dan Kennedy | Kennedy is a journalism professor at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator for and other publications. He is also a regular panelist on Beat the Press on WGBH-TV.

naomiNaomi Schalit | A senior editor at The Conversation, Schalit previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News and Maine Public Radio. She also edited the opinion pages for two Maine newspapers and co-founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. 

shelSheldon Toplitt (moderator) | An Ashland-based attorney and real estate agent, Toplitt previously taught media and social media law, business law and journalism. He also worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter and magazine editor.

The event is part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program which launched in January to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented to students at the University of New Hampshire; high school students in Bridgeport, Conn., and at the annual New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University, among other New England locations and audiences.

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Registration for this event has now closed.