Community Based Newsroom
a project of Law @ the Margins
Hope Is a Powerful Thing
In our inaugural piece, Florida mother-turned-activist Kathleen Carlin writes about how her life changed drastically when her daughter was incarcerated. "Your faith in humanity diminishes,and your hope for a brighter future dims. Every day, you have to rise above what wants to drag you down—for your daughter’s sake, for your sake and for the sake of your family."
In Search of Untold Stories—and Transformative Change
Stories don't just capture the public's imagination. They inspire people to act. They force institutions to change. As journalists and lawyers, we see far too often how the the policies that impact people's lives often rest on the stories that decision makers know and prioritize. Knowing these truths, we have set out to launch a platform that amplifies the stories of those whose voices often are tuned out and gives ordinary people the advocacy and storytelling tools they need to be in full control of the narratives that shape their lives.
Empowering Communities Through Stories and Mobile Journalism
Law at the Margins, in collaboration with the Evrybit mobile storytelling platform, brought together veteran journalists and social justice innovators to discuss existing tools that people can use to document what’s happening in their communities and become their own trusted news source.
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Meet the Team
Here are the founders of the Community Based News Room.
Eric Ortiz is a journalist and innovator with two decades in digital media. He is the managing editor of Truthdig, an award-winning website that focuses on politics, current events and culture. Previously, Ortiz founded Evrybit, an all-in-one app for mobile storytelling. He also launched NESN.com as the founding editor, helping grow the site into the most popular regional sports website in the United States, and was a digital editor in the early days of ESPN.com. In 2013, he was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. He is a champion for diversity in media and lives in Santa Monica, Calif.