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

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 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 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.

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Chaumtoli Huq

Chaumtoli Huq founded Law@theMargins in 2013 and serves as its Editor-In-Chief. Huq is a social justice innovator with extensive experience in movement lawyering, litigation, public policy, management and creation of programs from emerging trends in law, teaching, assisting non-profits and individuals with strategic direction and governance issues mainly in areas of labor, human rights both in the United States and South Asia.

Elbert Garcia

Elbert Garcia is a Dominican-American writer and communications strategist based in Miami, Florida, that is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations organize their community voices for change. Over the last two decades, he has worked in both traditional power-wielding institutions and alternative, community-based, power-building organizations. A National Urban Fellow alumnus born and raised in Washington Heights, N.Y., his most recent projects include work with D.C.-based immigration advocacy organization America’s Voice and the New Florida Majority, a civil and political rights organization dedicated to empowering Florida’s diverse communities.