The offshore world: Doing investigations from big data leaks

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Helena Bengtsson of Sveriges Television; Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Brant Houston of University of Illinois; Fabiola Torres of Ojo Público
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This session will focus on the tools and methodologies that have evolved in big data projects, especially from the Panama Papers to the Paradise Papers. The speakers will discuss the challenges in file formats and number of sources, approaches to data analysis and visualization and scraping Securities and Exchange Commission files as a part of the process. The session also will include a presentation of two investigations into the offshore business connections with environmental topics and the insurance industry.

Speaker Bios

  • Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian, UK, between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was Database Editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. She was awarded Stora Journalistpriset (The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism) in Sweden twice, in 2010 for and in 2016 for innovator of the year. @HelenaBengtsson

  • Emilia is ICIJ’s research editor. She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ's Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer winner investigation Panama Papers. She has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela and a contributor for the Washington Post, the magazine Poder y Negocios, Venezuelan media El Universal, El Mundo and, which she co-founded. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at IPYS Venezuela.

  • Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Before Illinois he was executive director of IRE for more than a decade after 17 years as an award-winning investigative reporter in U.S. newsrooms. He is author of  "Data for Journalists: A Practical Guide to Computer-Assisted Reporting" and co-author of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook." He works with nonprofit newsrooms and co-founded INN and GIJN. 

  • Fabiola Torres is an investigative reporter from Peru. She is co-founder and editor of Ojo Publico ( and ICFJ Knight Fellow for Latin America. In 2017, she became a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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