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Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits: Self-guided training

The free workshop, “Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits,” was originally held Feb. 23 in Raleigh.

| Below are additional materials provided during the “Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits” workshop, hosted by Investigative Reporters & Editors in Orlando, Fl. on June 8. Gary Cohn’s presentations are modified from Ronald Campbell’s earlier presentations in February. |

Hosted by the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the N.C. Press Association, the multi-session workshop highlights the many public documents that are available on private companies and nonprofits. From incorporation papers to UCC records to court and regulatory filings and the revised IRS Form 990, public data exist on many private companies and nonprofits — if you know where to look.

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Ronald Campbell is a reporter for The Orange County Register. He started The Register’s program in computer-assisted reporting. He has worked on many investigations, including probes of California’s dependence on immigrant labor, the trade in human body parts, abusive charitable fund-raising tactics and fraudulent stock sales. He’s won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, as well as awards from the National Education Writers and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Chris Roush is the founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes on business and economics reporting. The Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Scholar in business journalism was named the Journalism Teacher of the Year for 2009 by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as the N.C. Professor of the Year in 2010 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Gary Cohn, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, is a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Cohn has worked for the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington. Cohn has also won a Barlett and Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism, an IRE Medal, a George Polk Award, two Selden Ring Awards for investigative reporting, Sigma Delta Chi’s first prize for investigative reporting and a National Press Club award.

AGENDA: “Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits”

Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits: Part I
“Investigating Private Companies” by Chris Roush

Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits: Part II
“Investigating Private Companies” (conclusion) and “Investigating Nonprofits and Intro to the Form 990″ by Chris Roush

Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits: Part III
“The Hidden World of Nonprofits: Digging into the new Form 990″ by Ron Campbell


Take a look through the workshop session recordings and resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on the basics of finding and analyzing public documents for private companies and nonprofits.

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