About the convention

The revolution starts here, in the shadow of America’s past.

Boston has sown the seeds of revolution from it earliest days. Paul Revere sounded the first revolutionary alarm throughout the countryside. The Minutemen fired the shots that started the revolution from nearby Concord and Lexington.

The city has ignited revolutions in other areas as well—Boston is home to the first public library, the first public park, the first public school and the first printing press. America’s first newspaper, Publick Occurrences, began publishing in Boston in 1690, and legendary editor William Lloyd Garrison published The Liberator here starting in 1831.

In recent times, Massachusetts was one of the first states to pass a student freedom of expression law after the 1988 Hazelwood decision, making Beantown the perfect backdrop as you adapt your publications to the revolution in modern digital journalism.

In your free time, you can take “the T”—the nation’s first subway—to the Boston Public Library, Boston Common, Harvard University and Boston Latin School. Or visit Fenway Park, shop on Newbury Street and follow the steps of our revolutionary forebears on the Freedom Trail.