We reveal fascinating, contentious and inspiring stories from the Black Sea region for a global audience, using deep reportage, tough fact-checking and a balanced perspective.

We are a team of experienced and award-winning journalists, photographers, film-makers, information-designers and coders, using a platform that hosts in-depth stories in text, images, video and infographics.

Our aim is to disclose relevant information which impacts people across nations at the nexus of warring empires and ideologies, which suffer from conflict, corruption, negative stereotypes and huge wealth disparity.

We encourage you to interact with our platform to build an open portal, which intends to be a standard for transparent, accessible and objective journalism.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Photographer and film-maker
Designer, Journalist
journalist, communication
photojournalist, Black Sea photo Editor


The Black Sea is a non-profit online multimedia magazine in English that aims to become a regional brand for in-depth journalism and photo-reportage.
The magazine is free from advertisements and is financed by donors.
This open platform was supported by a grant from the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a trust of the German Marshall Fund.

If you are interested endorsing in-depth journalism by giving a donation to the site, please email: [email protected]



The Black Sea has been nominated for the European Press Prize in 2014 for Innovation. 

In 2016, the article Dutch Rabobank buys up land stolen from Romanian Farmers was part of an investigation nominated for the European Press Prize for Investigative Journalism.

Photographer Petrut Calinescu’s work for the site has also been nominated for the Lens Culture Award 2015.

The feature “HIV epidemic sweeps across east Europe as economic crisis threatens” was the winner of the 2015 Award for Best Initiatives of European Online Investigative Journalism, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute).

The journalistic team behind this project is led by award winning journalists and photo-journalists from the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI).

As a team or on individual basis, investigative journalists representing CRJI have won over the last decade international awards and fellowships, the most important being: IRE Tom Renner AwardOverseas Press Club of AmericaDaniel Pearl AwardGlobal Shining Light AwardKnight Fellowship at Stanford and Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.


Republishing Material and Collaborations 

The Black Sea works with journalistic network European Investigative Collaborations, founded in 2016, which has published a pan-European investigation into controversial arms sales to terrorist groups - "Route of weapons used in Paris terror attacks leads to Slovak online gun shop" - alongside Le Soir (Belgium), Mediapart (France), and Der Spiegel (Germany).

Work from this site has already been re-published extensively abroad - "The Donbass Paradox" was also published in EU Observer, was named by Newsweek as an 'excellent journalistic article', and was the basis for a TV slot on Ukraine Today.

“The Fight to Reclaim Pankisi” was republished by the New York Times (Paywall).

“HIV epidemic sweeps across east Europe as economic crisis threatens” in EU Observer (Belgium) and Tagesspiegel (Germany) 

“Ghosts of Sochi” on Radio Free Europe, and in the Romanian, Belgian, Uzbek, Czech, Hungarian and Moldovan media.

“Krokodil sinks teeth into persecuted Georgian drug community” in Business Insider  (USA), Andrei Rylkov Foundation (Russia), Druglink (UK, paywall, February 2014) and Szuperblog (Hungary). 

“German Karate teacher recruits Romanian village kids into global child porn ring” was made in collaboration with the Toronto Star (Canada) and republished in Hotnews (Romania).

“Torture of suspects reveals dark heart of Transnistrian Justice” in Balkan Insight (Serbia) and Casa Jurnalistului (Romania).

“Government, top diplomats and film stars caught up in Rosia Montana Gold Corp PR History” in Think Outside the Box  (Romania).


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The Black Sea by crji.org is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License if not otherwise stated. Based on a work at theblacksea.eu. This web application is Free Software (AGPLv3+), the source code is available on GitHub and waiting for contributions.