Training: Investigating Private Companies, Nonprofits

by January 31, 2012

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The four-day Webinar, “Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits,” took place Jan. 23-26, 2012. | At the bottom of this page, you’ll find links to complete the self-guided training.

Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits was also presented as two separate workshops in 2011 by award-winning experts in the mining and analysis of information on private companies and nonprofits.


Jan. 23: Investigating Private Companies — Finding public information on private companies – Chris Roush

Jan. 24: Investigating Nonprofits — Finding public information on nonprofits and foundations – Roush

Jan. 25: The Hidden World of Nonprofits — Digging into the new Form 990 – Ron Campbell

Jan. 26: How Ready Are You? — A case study on following the paper trail of a private company and nonprofit – Campbell

Ronald Campbell, reporter for Orange County Register

Ronald Campbell


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

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.


How to:

  • Find public documents on private companies and the basics of what you’ll find in those documents, including the pitfalls
  • Understand the new Form 990 and the basics of nonprofits’ finances
  • Analyze and apply what you’ve learned to produce great stories


You can view the PowerPoints by clicking on the links below. To download and print them, you may be asked to sign up for a free account at a third-party vendor, Slideshare, or you can download them as PDFs.

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Session Recordings

Please see Agenda above.

PowerPoint Presentations

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