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Purple Romero

I have worked for both online and print publications, and also dabbled in writing for television in 2010 for an election special. But I really want to be a quintessential journalist, not boxed by the medium which I write for. I do not want to be limited by the medium, I want to use it as a tool to revolutionize my own reporting, and hence reach more people.

I have written reports on climate change and the judiciary for Newsbreak, a news organization specializing on investigative journalism. I also contributed articles on climate change to AlertNet Reuters and Asia Views, a regional magazine.

In 2008, I was chosen as a fellow for a media training on climate change reporting for Southeast Asian journalists. The following year, I was selected by the German-based International Institute for Journalism as a participant for the ASEAN regional training held in Jakarta, Indonesia. A book I researched on about the judiciary was published in March 2010. I was also a co-author on a book about corruption under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

I worked for Jakarta Globe, an English daily in Indonesia for six months in 2010 and decided to return to reporting this year. While in Jakarta, I wrote stories on the stigma against the transgender community and the diverse views of Islam about them for Panos London.

Purple has been published in The Guardian and Svenska Dagbladettwice (Swedish).

Journalism by Purple Romero

Journalism can still be dynamic, thanks to social media


Purple and Armsfree chat with Swedish editors and discuss story ideas - David Dahmen | Panos London

“The growth of social media has helped established news organisations such as the Guardian, which we visited, make it possible for voices from other parts of the world to be heard amid the economic crunch.”

The red lights of Jakarta


Our photo essay follows a day in the life of Seruni, a 23 year-old Indonesian waria, a man who has assumed a female identity. She lives in Jakarta where she makes money as a sex-worker.

The Waria’s War


When Bea became a sex worker in the red light district of Jakarta, Indonesia, she knew she needed to use condoms to protect herself from HIV but her clients refused to use them.

Purple Romero