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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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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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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We need to work with organizations like the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism more than ever, to ensure that deep-dig journalism survives. The mainstream media is undergoing dramatic change and it is up to us all to help preserve the best parts.


Gerard Ryle, Director of International Consortium for Investigative Journalism

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Stefan Candea and the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalists he directs, have a excellent track record for boldly shining a light into some of the darkest corners of the region, and with a brave, objective and ethical approach.


Stephen Grey, Investigative Correspondent for Reuters news agency

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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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CRJI and its director Stefan Candea are a vital ray of light in Eastern Europe. In a region mired in corruption and media manipulation, they work to keep alive a genuinely professional standard of investigative journalism.


David Leigh, Investigations Editor, The Guardian, UK, 2000–2013, founder member ICIJ

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Are you an investigative journalist and do you want to find details necessary to develop your story in Romania? Get in touch with the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. You’ll seize the opportunity to build the background and the core of your investigation thanks to talented and skillful journalists who can help you out. In the center you’ll come across reporters who worked undercover in some of the best investigations carried out by the prestigious Washington‑based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.


Leo Sisti, L’Espresso, Italy

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Magical photos of the Black Sea.


James Estrin, The New York Times

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