The First Amendment and the Free Press ~ A Community Conversation


Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) and The Bedford Citizen will present another in NEFAC’s ongoing community conversations, The First Amendment and the Free Press, from 7 to 8:30 pm on Monday, May 13 in the meeting room at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way, Bedford.

This event is free and open to the public. While there is no admission fee, Eventbrite registration is encouraged and will be limited to 50 persons. Click this link to register.

Speaking on the importance of journalists’ work at the recent White House Correspondents dinner, historian Ron Chernow said, “Now, you folks in the media write the early drafts of history and we historians the later ones. Your work gives freshener, and color, and immediacy to our sagas. I know how embattled you feel at this critical juncture as you combat the mistrust of a significant portion of the American electorate. I think you do noble work to preserve democracy at a time when a rising tide of misinformation masquerading as news threatens to make a mockery of the First Amendment.”

Speakers for The First Amendment and the Free Press include:

  • Jim Campanini ~ Campanini is a former editor of The Sun of Lowell. He joined the newspaper in 1988 as assistant managing editor and later served as managing editor, executive news editor, news and operations manager and editorial page editor.
  • Richard Gagliuso ~ A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Gagliuso has years of experience representing the media in issues like libel and privacy claims, efforts to gain access to public records and proceedings and the myriad legal issues that may arise during the newsgathering and reporting process.
  • Richard Lodge (moderator) ~ Lodge has been a newspaper reporter, photographer, and editor since 1977, working in Massachusetts and Maine. He is currently editor of The Daily News of Newburyport, named Newspaper of the Year for 2017 in its circulation category by the New England News and Press Association.


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. NEFAC recently presented at Brown University; at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester, N.H.; to a political delegation in Boston; at a church in Providence; and at the South Hero Library in Vermont; among other New England locations and audiences.

Keep our journalism strong! Support The Citizen Journalism Fund today. Contact The Bedford Citizen: or 781-325-8606

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