Stella Roque

Director, Community Engagement

After spending three years in the Balkans with the award-winning ICFJ partner Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), I joined ICFJ for the opportunity to develop and serve its unparalleled global network of journalists.  I strongly believe in the impact of collaborative journalism networks in exposing high-level crime and government corruption, countering disinformation, spotlighting reporters in trouble, and inciting public opinion to change policy in a way that serves citizens. As Director of Community engagement, I am  seeking innovative ways to connect journalists in our network with each other and to ICFJ to strengthen their capacities and encourage greater collaborative projects.

My background: I have ten years of experience in digital media and communications and have worked primarily with investigative journalists. I rose from working with OCCRP's daily news team to becoming the network's chief communications officer. In my time there, I raised OCCRP’s profile, planned media outreach for stories, and kept European policymakers and civil society actors informed on challenges and threats faced by reporters in these regions. I was also a liaison between OCCRP journalists and Transparency International activists, facilitating and advancing the work of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium. I’ve also trained reporters in social media and story outreach at the Stockholm School of Economics Riga Centre for Media Studies for its Eastern Partnership program, and have taken part in both OCCRP and the Global Investigative Journalism Network's global conferences. 

Ask me about: Network building, digital communities, story amplification, martial arts

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