TOL, in cooperation with the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, will present a week-long course that will provide participants with an introduction to investigative reporting, with a special focus on economic crime and the benefits of data journalism. Over the course of the week, participants will hear lectures from some of the region's top investigative journalists, led by the award-winning Paul Radu, the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting project. Trainees will also undertake a practical project while in Prague, using publicly available data to search for possible economic crime. They will complete article outlines and receive feedback from the instructors on how to pursue their stories to completion.
What will participants learn?
By tapping into the trainers’ first-hand experiences, participants will learn the essential skills of investigative reporting, including:
- How to organize a story, from start to finish;
- How to use tools for investigations, both traditional (business registers) and new (the Investigative Dashboard);
- A basic understanding of money laundering;
- The elements of digital security;
- The strategies of “power reporting”, finding and tracking connections among a society's important players;
- Tactics for investigating organized crime through publicly accessible data;
- How to track companies across borders;
- How to interpret and visualize data (for beginners).
Plus, with the course's special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, participants will learn:
- The specifics of the business climate and economic transformation in the post-communist region;
- Uhy and how organized crime developed after the changes in 1989;
- Regional particularities and case studies.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic