Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work


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I am journalist based in Lille, France, at the moment, and just come back from a 15-month adventure in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. On this site, you will find my blog and portfolio from my 3-year career in journalism. I am currently looking for a job and am also available for freelance work.

My career goal is to remain in a creative and leading role while exploring all sorts of media. My passion is first for writing and storytelling, while I also have an interest in film, photography, technology and the online world (blogging, social networks and all ‘geek’ activities). My favorite writing topics include the environment, development and human rights, foreign affairs and traveling.

I moved to Cambodia shortly after graduation to work as a reporter for an English-language national daily newspaper. There, I covered among other things the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand, the Khmer Rouge international tribunal and impunity surrounding sex crimes against children. My articles on this latter topic inspired the next documentary film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Dong-won, on which I worked as an assistant producer. During my three years of study in Missouri, I worked as a local journalist, covering the religion beat, elections, breaking news and other things. I also had the privilege of reporting on the recovery of the city of New Orleans a year after hurricane Katrina. I was managing editor on a bilingual monthly magazine and assistant city editor on a community daily, as well.

I come from all over, mostly Epinal, but also Dijon, Alençon, Lille and Fort-de-France for France; Montclair (NJ), Columbia (MO) and Santa Cruz (CA) in the States; and most recently, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Written by Isabelle Roughol

Monday, 11 June, 2007 at 23:41

6 Responses

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  1. interesting, i hope we could talk sometime.


    Monday, 14 July, 2008 at 23:52

  2. Hi:
    I got bored on a Sunday night and for some reason tracked down your blogs back a year ago when cutbacks were announced. As you know, I left the paper during the next round of cuts.

    I think you did an admirable job while you were at the Sentinel. I wish I had been smart enough to actually talk to you while you were doing your internship. It sounds exciting to be in Phnom Penh; I’m sending good wishes to you — and I’m happy that you’re pursuing good journalism. Keep up the good fight. I may get back to it myself one of these days. I hope you stay in touch … my e-mail is

    All best,


    Tom Honig

    Sunday, 27 July, 2008 at 22:14

  3. Hello J Junkie, will you come by BarCamp Phnom Penh? Could be fodder for news… or just plain fun!


    Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 at 23:23

  4. Yay!


    Friday, 4 September, 2009 at 21:22

  5. Please remove my copyrighted image of Comrade Duch from your blog or I will start billing $100 a month for use plus copyright infringement penalties:

    As a journalist I’m pretty amazed you would use other people’s work without requesting permission.

    Stuart Isett

    Stuart Isett

    Monday, 16 November, 2009 at 08:24

    • Hi Stuart, 

      I’m more than ready to remove the image per your request and will do it immediately. As you say, as a journalist, I am always careful about those issues.
      But just so you know, I never thought I was stealing it. I got it from the Documentation Center of Cambodia when I was working in Phnom Penh. They’re distributing it to all journalists who ask for visuals with the message that it’s free to use. I assumed, and probably I shouldn’t have, that they had the rights. 

      Again, my apologies.

      Isabelle Roughol

      Monday, 16 November, 2009 at 09:12

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