Following the money
Bob Woodward (right) and Carl Bernstein
Read / Watch before class
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, “GOP Security Aide among Five Arrested in Bugging Affair,” The Washington Post, 1972
Bethany McLean, “Is Enron Overpriced?” Fortune, 2001
Alex Gibney, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, 2005
Lecture / Q&A
The role of money in an investigative story. Tracking public and private money. Reading financial documents. Who is an expert?
WK 3 Detail
WK 3 Homework & Tools
Do the three following items for homework, using the research tools below.
1: Read/watch materials for Week 4.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch for one of the Week 4 read/watch materials.
3: Choose ONE person or company below and answer the enclosed questions using the research tools in the list at the bottom of this page. Submit your findings on Brightspace.
John Bel Edwards
Governor of Louisiana
Vice President of the United States
A Limited Liability Company
FollowTheMoney—Tracks political money in both federal and state elections
Louisiana Ethics Administration—Personal financial disclosures of candidates, campaign finance information, lobbyist information
VoteSmart—Bios, ratings, financial information, voting records, and speeches of political candidates and officeholders
OpenSecrets—Tracks political donations, politicians’ and lobbyists’ personal financial information
Federal Election Commission—Tracks finances of federal political campaigns
LittleSis—Maps out relationships of money, politics, and influence
Ballotpedia—Information on government officials, policies, campaigns and elections
Businesses and Nonprofits
OpenCorporates—Database of companies and company officers around the world
CorporationWiki—Traces the connections between people and businesses
GuideStar—Information about nonprofit and charitable organizations
LA Secretary of State—Displays information that companies must file in order to do business in Louisiana
CA Secretary of State—Displays information that companies must file in order to do business in California
NY Secretary of State—Displays information that companies must file in order to do business in New York
EDGAR—Securities and Exchange Commission information about publicly listed companies, including company filings and enforcement actions
Social Media and News
Crowdtangle—Searches public content across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter
Twitter Advanced Search—Searches tweets by keywords, hashtags, accounts, filters, dates, and engagement figures
Nexis Uni—Searches for news articles and other public information about any topic (accessible only to XULA students)
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