Conducting and delivering journalistic illicit finance investigations takes time. It can be technically difficult, complex, legally sensitive and on occasion, dangerous.
Then there’s the question of getting your piece published. Editors quite rightly take a lot of convincing before they run corruption and tax avoidance tales whether written by their own staff or freelancers.
It’s why “following the money” is among the hardest journalism areas.
External support – financial investigation skills, safety training and money – is clearly needed.
The Money Trail consortium, which was launched at the 8th European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest, is an attempt to address this directly.
Consisting of Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited, Journalismfund.eu and Oxfam Novib, together we are offering training on illicit finance investigations, data security, mentoring and crucially journalism grants. Our funder is the Netherlands’ National Postcode Lottery.
Bursaries cover the costs of flights, hotels and daily subsistence and are available for qualifying journalists and civil society activists. Training takes place in London, Abuja and Jakarta.
Check course details and applications here for London training this September. Application deadline is 19 June. We are likely to hold our Jakarta training next February.
Through Journalismfund.eu, Money Trail will offer grants to teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole. Our grant application portal is about to go live. Watch this space!
Civil society activists will receive separate Money Trail training on illicit finance and campaign tactics by Oxfam Novib.
Money Trail exists because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation.
Such work clearly can have tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by journalists and some notable civil society organisations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.
But there are so many more stories all over the world yet to be told. Our aim is to help you tell them.
Find more info here.