Stefan Candea

Stefan Candea worked for more then a decade as an investigative journalist in Eastern Europe focused on Organized Crime and also on building through cross-border networking a backbone for investigative-related journalism initiatives in Eastern Europe.

He is the co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (RCIJ), active since 2001. Since 2003 he was involved in helping organize Scoop, a Danish support structure for investigative journalism in Eastern Europe, where he was the investigative coordinator for Romania, Moldova and for cross-border stories.

In 2006, RCIJ co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). In 2011, after aiding in expanding OCCRP and publishing cross-border projects, RCIJ left the organization. Since 2012 Stefan leads the Eastern Europe research hub for ICIJ related to the OffshoreLeaks investigative project.

In 2011 Stefan initiated Sponge – an open collaborative media lab for Eastern Europe providing the R&D that journalism as an industry is missing. Currently Stefan is driving an online English watchdog magazine, The Black Sea.

Stefan teaches investigative journalism at Bucharest University and was the 2011 Carroll Binder Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

As a candidate for the new board in GIJN, he says:

Since 2003 I’ve participated as a speaker and trainer at 7 of the Global Conferences, suggested content, invited new speakers and helped with fundraising.

Since Kiev 2011 I’ve tested several times the concept of a J-Lab that I want to expand on at investigative conferences. J-Lab is an on-site journalistic laboratory for experienced media related visionaries to share cutting edge knowledge.

I believe in cross-border collaborations as well as in decentralized networks. The reason behind it is that in my experience, networking tends to create unbalanced nodes and bottlenecks. It also gives opportunists and hucksters a chance to abuse ideas and information, causing networks to dry up.

I will help GIJN to rebalance the power of certain network nodes by fair use, making sure to promote an open and transparent participation within our community, with the specific goal of fostering investigative

Hence I want to put a mechanism in place to balance certain nodes in our network. By doing so, the GIJN will develop resilience against failures due to over decentralized mechanisms or against targeted attacks due to over centralization.