Investigating offshore finances, even when you don’t have a leak (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sasha Chavkin of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Rawan Aldamen of Stream Media Consultancy; Spencer Woodman of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Mike McIntire of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 17 at 9:00am
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this panel, reporters who broke the Paradise Papers stories will give away their biggest secret: you don't need a large leak to effectively investigate the offshore world. We'll walk you through our methods of sifting through publicly available information to investigate the offshore world including tips on how to look for offshore stories and how to navigate publicly available foreign corporate registries. Plus, we'll show you how to trace ownership and financial flows in offshore structures and pull and analyze publicly accessible portions of nonprofit tax filings.

Speaker Bios

  • Rawan Damen is a Filmmaker and Media consultant – the CEO and Founder of Stream Media Consultancy. She produced and directed more than 30 hours of TV documentaries & investigations, translated to multiple languages. She worked as a senior commissioning producer at Al Jazeera Media Network for 10 years. She is an international trainer in Digital Storytelling. She holds an MA (with Distinction) in Communications Studies from Leeds University, UK, 2003. @RawanDamen 

  • Sasha Chavkin is a staff reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). He has worked on ICIJ projects including the Paradise Papers, in which he coordinated coverage of the Trump administration, Evicted and Abandoned, LuxLeaks and The Island of Widows. He is based in ICIJ's headquarters in Washington, DC. @sashachavkin

  • Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter at The New York Times, where he shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on covert Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. His investigation of corruption in college sports was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for his book, Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports, published in September 2017.

  • Spencer Woodman is a New York-based reporter for The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Intercept, The Verge, Slate, The Nation, Vice Magazine, and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. @spencerwoodman

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