With political demonstrations occurring throughout the country and weekly protests held at the State House, readers are asking: why are these events covered the way they are? We’re pulling back the newsroom curtain and discussing recent news coverage, answering questions about news decisions, and providing insight into how the media covers Maine.

Please join us from 6:30 to 7:30 on Feb. 17 for a community conversation provided by the Sun Journal and Kennebec Journal in partnership with the New England First Amendment Coalition’s First Amendment and the Free Press program.


Judith Meyer is executive editor of the Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel and six weekly newspapers owned by the Sun Media Group. She is a member of the New England First Amendment Coalition’s Board of Directors, serves as vice president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a member of the Right to Know Advisory Committee to the Legislature. A journalist since 1990, she was named Maine’s Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Justin Silverman (moderator) is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. Silverman is an attorney and teaches First Amendment law at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. He is a former journalist and newspaper publisher.



Joe Phelan, a Kennebec Journal photographer who has covered the protests at the State House.