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Finance Uncovered London course for journalists, campaigners, academics (Bursaries available)

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Finance Uncovered has called on journalists, campaigners and academics to attend our new FIVE-DAY financial investigative journalism and data security training course.

The training will hold from Monday, 17 September to Friday 21 September 2018 at the City University, London.

Attendees do not need to have a financial background to apply but it’s considered important during selection to see evidence of the candidate’s investigative experience.

Class instructions will be in English.

Finance Uncovered gives reasons you should attend?

Over a week, you will be shown how to investigate corporate accounts, offshore activity and corporate corruption. We will show you where to find documents, how to analyse them and other practical tools to help uncover financial secrecy.

A combination of guidance from senior practitioners and a workshop approach will give you the basis to investigate financial corruption as well as offering the opportunity to network with other journalists and activists.

For the first time, this course will include a hands-on data security module by Free Press Unlimited, as part of the new MoneyTrail consortium which also includes Journalismfund.eu and Oxfam Novib.

The financial investigation section of our course aims to help participants understand:

  • the building blocks of the offshore world
  • how to access and interpret company accounts
  • where to access other company information
  • the methodology behind the groundbreaking tax avoidance investigations into Google, SAB Miller and Vodafone – by the journalists who conducted them
  • how to investigate and report corruption stories
  • the steps required to keep safe and minimise personal risk
  • how to track the international policy agenda relating to illicit financial flows

Bursaries available

Bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world and eastern Europe. Bursaries cover visa fees, travel, accommodation and per diems for food and travel in London. Due to the limited number of bursaries, applicants will be selected on their track record in investigative journalism. As we tend to be over-subscribed some candidates will be placed on a waiting list for our 2019 courses.

Western Journalists, Academics & Campaigners

Journalists from the UK and Europe are very welcome to apply. We charge a £650 course fee. This contributes towards Finance Uncovered administrative and editorial costs. For freelancers and journalists working for independent investigative centres, discounts are available.

How to apply

To apply please fill in the online application form. Please do not copy and paste entire articles into the form, where possible, please provide links or a few lines summary of the article plus date of publication. The deadline for your application is Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 08h00 BST.

This will be the first training as part of the Money Trail series. Subsequent training sessions take place in Jakarta and Abuja in 2019.

Click here for more information.

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