A free workshop this Saturday at East Los Angeles College aims to empower members of underserved communities by teaching them to cover local news with an easy to use smartphone app.

At the workshop titled “How to Empower Your Community With Mobile Stories,” participants can learn to create “people-powered news networks” to cover local news better and help their communities be more informed.

According to organizers, the workshop is open to anyone interested in empowering his or her community. Attendees with iPhones are encouraged to download the Evrybit app before the workshop, but an iPhone is not required to attend the workshop.

During the workshop, participants will attend panels on community empowerment, learning your rights and the role of journalism in underserved communities such as Boyle Heights.

Presented by the East Los Angeles College Student Equity Program, the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, LA Voice and Evrybit, the workshop will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at East Los Angeles College, Campus Center F5-209.

There will be free parking for all attendees at Parking Structure 3.

To learn more about the event and sign up, go to bit.ly/ELACcommunityworkshop.

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