Roman Road LDN is a cultural online magazine that provides daily content about the area around Roman Road in East London. Our patch includes Bow, Globe Town, Fish Island, Mile End and Stepney – about 50,000 local residents.
As a social enterprise, we are committed to pioneering a model of community journalism that is independent, sustainable and scalable. Our staff are professionally trained journalists with a passion for bringing high quality journalism to the grassroots. Our income is derived mostly from reader donations, business listings, partner content and grant funding.
We cover everything from where to have the best brunch to issues that threaten the health of our community including isolation, poverty, mental health, discrimination and immigration.
Tabitha Stapely has worked as a magazine editor at several top publishing houses, most recently at Hearst Magazines where she lead on digital content strategy for titles including Elle, Red, Esquire, Handbag and Harpers, and previously The Telegraph Saturday Magazine. Stapely was CEO of Roman Road Trust from 2013 to 2018 and has extensive experience of local governance, neighbourhood forums and community capacity building.
Frederick’s research has featured in The Independent, The Telegraph, and the New York Post, amongst others. After an award-winning year in copywriting Fred is now earning his NCTJ diploma in Multimedia Journalism. In 2017 he co-led a team of twelve on a volunteer placement in Nepal, working with community groups to strengthen local livelihoods. See all work by Fred O-Brien.
SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING ASSISTANT
Anna Lezard grew up in London and recently graduated with an MA in New Media and Digital Culture, where she spent too much time writing about journalism on Twitter and Reddit’s relationship with the extreme right. She served as an editor at her university’s student newspaper during her BA in Philosophy, but balanced her MA alongside part-time work as a sushi chef in a Japanese restaurant in Amsterdam. See all work by Anna Lezard.
Previous staff & interns
INTERN – 3 MONTHS
Natasha Forrest is a recent English Literature graduate from Queen Mary University of London with a passion for reading. Forrest juggled studying with volunteering at the Amnesty Bookshop, and now lives on East London’s Brick Lane. She’s one of seven siblings, and drinks as many cups of tea in the day. See all work by Natasha Forrest.
INTERN – 3 MONTHS
Dominika Kubinyova is a recent graduate of City University where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. See all work by Dominika Kubinyova.
INTERN – 2 MONTHS
Megan Agnew is a recent graduate of City University where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. See all work by Megan Agnew.