The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Understanding Company Accounts

This mini-course taught by a journalist-friendly forensic accountant will show you how to understand company accounts and get beyond the corporate PR spin. The emphasis will be on teaching practical skills rather than a series of lectures. The objective of the course is to ensure that all participants feel comfortable with a set of accounts and know where and how to look for relevant information.

The only prerequisites for this course are numeracy and an interest in financial matters as the theory will be taught in the first class and applied to real-life examples in the following sessions.

You must attend all the classes in this strand to benefit from it fully.

It will include the following topics: motivation to massage earnings; profit and loss account; balance sheet; funds flow statement; notes. And will finish with putting it all together, an interactive session building-up a sample set of accounts or case study questions.

The participants are actively encouraged to ask questions throughout.

4 July 2019 – #CIJSummer 2019/DAY 1

Understanding Company Accounts-Module 1
Understanding Company Accounts-Module 2
Understanding Company Accounts-Module 3
Understanding Company Accounts-Module 4
Understanding Company Accounts-Q&A

Raj Bairoliya

Raj Bairoliya is a well-known expert forensic accountant and has been teaching Understanding Company Accounts at the CIJ for 15 years. Raj frequently helps journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspects of a story.
  • 4 July 2019 10.45–17.30
Location: Room 314 - PSH Building - Goldsmiths, University of London
All levels
4 July 2019

Understanding Company Accounts: Getting the Most Out of Companies House

Any UK-based investigative journalist or aspiring journalist should have a working knowledge of Companies House. Companies House is the central registry for all UK registered limited or PLC companies and contains a wealth of useful information for those who know how to use the site.