Alina Mungiu-Pippidi was among the new generation of journalists who built a new media in Romania after 1989, editing the weeklies Opinia Studenteasca (from a former students dissident magazine) and Expres. In 1996 when Romania experienced its first democratic switch in government she removed Ceausescu’s time anchors from the main news show and invited a new generation in. The story of unfinished reform of public broadcasting in Eastern Europe can be read in her Harvard comparative account

› Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina. State into Public: The Failed Reform of State TV in East Central Europe 2000

Since 1995 she founded Romanian Academic Society, a think-tank and the Coalition for a Clean Parliament, the first of many civil society coalitions fighting for public integrity in Romania and the region.

Her work on good governance was quoted at length in two World Bank reports:
Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook
Anti-Corruption in Transition 3: Who is Succeeding and Why?

Her work on the difficult Europeanization of Eastern Europe, and the need for civil society to press for reforms from below while EU presses for above has been quoted more than once in the mainstream media, for instance:
Corruption in eastern Europe
Europe and the rule of law
Blacksliding on reform is seen in new EU states.

At the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Athens 2008 she organized the Lessons learned from the EU anticorruption policy workshop.

Furthermore, she has developed several Anti-Corruption Methodologies:
“Romanian Coalition for a Clean Parliament”, featured in a Journal of Democracy account.
“Coalition for Clean Universities”, which entails a methodology for monitoring 4 defining components of academic integrity, measured with the help of a questionnaire addressing issues such as administrative transparency and probity, academic fairness, quality of governance and financial management.