Backgrounding companies: Techniques for peeking behind the corporate veil

  • Event: 2016 Toronto Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of The Wall Street Journal; Greg McArthur of The Globe and Mail
  • Date/Time: Sunday, May. 15 at 10:30am
  • Location: Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This session focuses on the methods journalists can use to gather information on corporations and push investigations into companies forward.

Speaker Bios

  • Greg McArthur is a reporter with The Globe and Mail. A member of The Globe's investigative team, his work has largely focused on corruption. He has won a National Newspaper Award, and several National Magazine Awards for his work on corporate bribery. Most recently he was part of a joint Globe-CBC team that was given a Canadian Screen Award for their research into billionaire Michael DeGroote and his involvement with a casino venture linked to organized crime.

  • Jennifer is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she works on the data investigations team. She was a key member of the team behind “What They Know,” the Journal’s long-running series on digital privacy, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2012. Previously, she was the lead writer and editor for the Journal’s technology blog. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

Related Tipsheets

  • Backgrounding Businesses
    Wall Street Journal investigations reporter Jennifer Valentino-DeVries gives great tips to backgrounding several types of businesses. She also includes several websites to keep in your toolkit. Great for all beats.

  • Backgrounding companies
    With a background in reporting on corruption, Greg McArthur gives great tips and links on how to cover all your bases when backgrounding businesses and companies. These slides are specifically geared to towards background Canadian companies.