How to Empower Your Community With Mobile Stories

Local news is critical. It helps us see, know and understand our community. It also can empower us to stand up for justice when there is none. But today, many communities are not getting the news they need from local media.

We need a better way to cover local news, so we can be more informed about our communities. On June 24 at East Los Angeles College, Evrybit is hosting a workshop to help reinvent local news.

In this hands-on workshop presented by the East Los Angeles College Student Equity Program in collaboration with the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, LA Voice and and Evrybit, we will learn how to strengthen our communities by telling mobile stories and creating mobile newsrooms.

We have a strong lineup of speakers for the workshop. Here is the agenda.

10 a.m.: Welcome

10:05 a.m.: Invocation — Father Michael Gutierrez, Pastor, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

10:10 a.m.: Community Empowerment — Martin Garcia, Organizer, LA Voice, Michael Mata, Director, Transformational Urban Leadership Program, Azusa Pacific Seminary

11 a.m.: Know Your Rights — Emily Robinson, Co-Director, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, Victor Narro, Project Director, UCLA Labor Center

11:50 a.m.: Break

12 p.m.: Lunch

12:10 p.m.: Keynote talk — Dr. Gabe Veas, Social Entrepreneur and Professor, University of La Verne

12:50 p.m. Break

1 p.m.: Journalism 101 — Antonio Mejías Rentas, Senior Editor, Boyle Heights Beat, Claudia Núñez, Digital Director, Hoy

1:50 p.m.: Break

2 p.m.: Mobile Storytelling — Eric Ortiz, Founder, Evrybit

2:50 p.m.: Next Steps


The workshop is open to anyone interested in empowering his or her community. Attendees should download the Evrybit app onto their iPhone before the workshop. Evrybit is optimized for iPhone 5 and up. You can download the app here. You don’t need an iPhone to attend the workshop.

Presenting Organizations

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is committed to achieving equity amongst its student populations with its Student Equity Program so that all of ELAC’s students meet their educational goals. Established in 1945 as part of the Los Angeles Community College District, ELAC serves more than 20,000 students in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, and is the largest campus in its district. The college has an international, multicultural student body that complements the 14 communities comprising its primary service area.

The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic is a community-based collaboration of Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount Univeristy, Homeboy Industries Inc., and Dolores Mission Church that was founded in 2012. LIJC’s mission is to advance the rights of the indigent immigrant community in East Los Angeles through legal services, education and community empowerment, while teaching law students how to be effective immigrants’ rights lawyers.

LA Voice is a social justice advocacy organization that has been working with the Los Angeles immigrant community since 2000 — teaching people to speak, act and engage in the public arena and developing hundreds of leaders every year. LA Voice is part of the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community efforts in the United States with organizations in 150 cities and 18 states.

Evrybit is a mobile storytelling platform that streamlines collaboration. Launched in 2015, Evrybit provides a way to organize mobile reporting into one stream using text, photo, video and audio. Its mission is to inform and connect the world through storytelling.

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending the workshop, you can sign up here.

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