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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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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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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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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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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Magical photos of the Black Sea.


James Estrin, The New York Times

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I was working with the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism over the “Offshore leaks” that was initiated by Washington based ICIJ. I was impressed by professionalism and competence of Romanian Center and especially by the ability to work operative with massive information databases keeping the sources of that information under protection with the help of the most modern techniques. The Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism is connected to news makers and sources all over the world, and even if they miss some countries – they compensate by cooperation with the best local investigative reporters.


Roman Schelynov, Investigative Reporter at Vedomosti, Russia

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