The Newspaper Editorial Board, the Strength of the Journalistic Success (The Case of Curentul )

AuthorFanel Teodorascu
PositionDanubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives
The Newspaper Editorial Board, the Strength of
the Journalistic Success (The Case of Curentul)
Fănel Teodoraşcu
Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences, teodorascu.fanel@univ-
Curentul newspaper and Pamfil Seicaru, its owner and director, practically changed the interwar
journalism. The editorial board was made up of well-known journalists, with extensive experience and a
special polemic verve. Due to them, Curentul news paper soon became a distinctive voice in the interwar
media, its sources of information being among the most consistent and extensive. As a consequence,
Seicaru’s newspaper held a primacy of information during tha t a ge, being a paper of wide circulation,
moulding the public to like sensational and shocking news, those who read it accidentally. In one way or
another, the journalistic method of the editorial staff is similar in many wa ys to that of a tabloid as it was
conceived in t he interwar years. At the same time, Curentul was a r eal newspaper of civic opinion and firm
political attitude, despite some ideological and inherent der ailments in the interwar years preceding the
Second World War.
Keywords: audience; editorial; ideology; journalism; blackmail
Curentul newspaper is one of the most interesting journalistic achievements of interwar Romania. A
few years after its establishment, the newspaper competed with Stelian Popescu’s Universe, “the most
influential and wealthy press tycoon in interwar Romania” (Ciachir, 2008, p. 23). The journal founded
by Pamfil Seicaru enjoyed a warm welcoming from readers even from its first issues and the success
came as a result of the efforts made by the owner to hire experienced journalists and editors popular
among the public. Besides, the articles written in a highly polemical tone met the demands required by
the readers of those times. The first famous journalists hired by Seicaru in order to ensure a wide
circulation were Cezar Petrescu and Nichifor Crainic. It was not the first time when the three
journalists were working together, their journalistic careers having met repeatedly. When they had the
opportunity, Seicaru, Crainic and Petrescu made a good impression due to their talent showing
brightness to the newspapers or magazines they were signing in. Among their achievements, we can
include the brief, but fruitful collaboration at Neamul Romanesc. The publication, edited in a new
format, with the arrival of the three journalists in the editorial board, would be categorized as “a
Western newspaper” even by Nicolae Iorga (Crainic, 1991, p. 188). The leaving of the “trio” from
Neamul Romanesc, after an “unexplained moodiness” of the greatest journalist that “our race gave us -
Nicolae Iorga” (Crainic, 1928) created the premises of one of the most influential journals from
interwar Romanian – Cuvantul. In a short while, with the financial support provided by Titus
Enacovici, a former sponsor of Neamul Romanesc, the new paper would be among the top selling
publications in the country.
The disagreements between Nae Ionescu, who joined the editorial board in 1926, in order to replace
Nichifor Crainic, chosen as Secretary General of Cults and Arts Ministry, and Seicaru, led to the

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