The Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism's mission is to deconstruct and expose corrupt structures of power and to create an interdisciplinary community of collectors and disseminators of relevant and verifiable information. We alternate investigative journalism with recording the color of daily life.

Skills:

Research, photo journalism, fixing, native English editing & translation, code laboratory, information design, illustration, sound, video.

Areas of Reporting:

We cover the Black Sea Region through our investigations as well as through TheBlackSea.eu, our online magazine. We experiment through TheSponge.eu, our open media laboratory.

Outlets that have featured our work:

The Guardian, NY Times, Boston Globe, Reuters, Toronto Star, ABC, CBC (CA), BBC, Channel 4 (UK), ITV (UK), ZDF (DE), ARD (DE), NRD (DE), Canal+, Vedomosti, Novaya Gazeta (RU), Kyiv Post, Interview (ES), Deutsche Welle, Sat 1 (DE), Die Zeit (DE), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (DE), Panos Pictures (UK), ICIJ, Politiken (DK), Le Soir (BE), Nieman Reports, L’Espresso (IT), Spiegel TV (DE), BIRN, OCCRP, Scoop, Eu Observer, Radio Free Europe, 24chasa (BG), Center for Investigative Reporting (HR), HETQ (AM), Rustavi TV (GE), Ta Nea (GR), Berliner Gazette (DE), Sunday Times (UK).


Services and Solutions:

Story Production Assistance

Translation, breaking news reporting, photo, video, multi-media work.

Research:

Governemnt, database manipulation, Customized reporting.

Fee-Based Investigations:

Investigations on per-story basis, subscription service for yearly stories.


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Stefan Candea is one of the preeminent investigative journalists in the world and one of the earliest pioneers in the nonprofit journalism ecosystem. And the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism is one of the most intrepid, fearless news organizations anywhere. Bravo and thank you for your astonishing courage and steadfast pursuit of the truth!


Charles Lewis, Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, USA, and founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

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CRJI has produced some of the finest and smartest investigative journalists currently working in Europe.


Duncan Campbell, UK, ICIJ, investigative journalist, author specialized in privacy, civil liberties and surveillance issues

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There is no more important role for journalism today than investigative reporting and the duty of investigative journalists to dig out information the powerful want kept secret and enlightening citizens around the world so that they may act in the interest of freedom. The Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism demonstrates research and investigative skills that merit your support in carrying forth its essential investigative mission.


Bob Giles, Curator 2000–2011 at Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Global Post Commentary Editor

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The Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism does, what needs to be done: its journalists investigate thoroughly, they are courageous, they are committed, they know their journalistic methods apply them skillfully. They manage to unveil corruption as well as trafficking, they analyse businesses as sharply as they produce moving social reportage.


Brigitte Alfter, Director of Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for investigative journalism in Europe

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I worked with Stefan and the CRJI on topics as difficult and complex as cigarettes smuggling, black sites for torture and detention, the offshoring of organized crime operations. During all those years, breaking the news in Brussels in partnership with our Romanian colleagues, I’ve been astonished by the quality and legal reliability of the evidence collected: covert video footage, classified docs, financial docs, you name it. On more than a decade of cooperation and hard hitting revelations, we never lost any legal action.


Alain Lallemand, Senior Investigative Reporter, Le Soir, Belgium

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Magical photos of the Black Sea.


James Estrin, The New York Times

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The best known figures – quoted by the international press for years – about child slavery in Romania come from an investigation done by the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism with financial support from Scoop. When it comes to facts, contact that centre!


Henrik Kaufholz, reporter at Politiklen, Denmark, and coordinator of Scoop since 2003

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As investigative reporters covering issues like international financial crime and corruption myself and my colleagues in our team at Swedish Television constantly rely on international colleagues for help and interpretation of foreign matters. Our friends at CRJI are some of the most trusted colleagues we have worked with, the investigation into “Offshore‑leaks” possibly being the most prominent. CRJI have an extreme journalistic access and knowledge about some of the most troubled parts of Europe and provide vital help for us and other reporters. I can only congratulate any colleagues who manages to set up a cooperation with CRJI.


Fredrik Laurin, freelance investigative reporter for Uppdrag granskning, the current affairs program of Swedish public service Television

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