Finance : Uncovered

    Finance Uncovered equips journalists and researchers from all over the world with skills to undertake tax abuse, money laundering and corruption investigations


    Convocation Suite, Centenary Building (Spencer Street entrance), City University London, London EC1V 4PB
    16 November 2015 - 20 November 2015

    Link to venue on Google Maps.


    The Tax Justice Network and the Centre of Investigative Journalism are delighted to put out a call to journalists, campaigners and academics to attend our highly regarded five-day financial investigative journalism training course in London. 


    The dates for the training are: 16-20 November 2015.


    See the full timetable.



    Finance Uncovered (formerly known as the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme) equips journalists and researchers from all over the world with skills to undertake tax abuse, money laundering and corruption investigations.

    You do not need to have a financial background to apply. Class instructions will take place in English. For the first time, we are offering our course to French speakers if enough apply. We will offer French speakers simultaneous translation.


    Application Details
    Bursaries Available
    Finance Uncovered brings together journalists from countries where often corruption, tax havens and harmful tax practices stall development, entrench poverty and undermine human rights. Bursaries are available for journalists from the developing and emerging world. Bursaries for journalists from the developing world will 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.
    Western Journalists, Academics & Campaigners
    To develop closer links between journalists working on these issues throughout the world, there are also limited places available to paying journalists from the UK, Europe and North America. The course fee for journalists from UK and Europe is £650. Course fees go towards subsidising travel and accommodation costs for other participants.
    Application Information
    To apply for future courses in Autumn 2015 course 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 and date of publication. The deadline has now passed but please register your interest in future courses by filling in the form below. 
    To apply for the next course in Spring 2016 please fill in the online application form.


    Course Outline

    Over five days, 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 hands-on training and guidance from senior practitioners will give you the basis to investigate financial corruption as well as offering the opportunity to network with other journalists.
    The #FinanceUncovered 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
    ▪ how to use Freedom of Information laws in different jurisdictions
    Woven into the course will be links between tax justice issues and human rights.
    Check the Finance Uncovered website
    Twitter: @FinUncovered
    Hashtag: #FinanceUncovered

    Suggested further reading:
    Reports from TJN on Price of Offshore Revisited and Publish What You Pay Norway on Piping Profits.
    Heavy Mittal is an investigation on the Mittal group of companies and its Mining Development Agreement with Liberia, conducted by Richard Murphy and Global Witness.