The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism

Following the Money

As David Kaplan, director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, emphasized, huge databases, network analyses, and code aren’t a replacement for investigative journalism.175technologies augment and extend what’s possible for media organizations, lone muckrakers, or even teams of journalists working collaboratively across borders and time zones. This kind of collaboration has moved from a potential to reality over the past three years, when a team of more than 80 journalists from 40 different countries worked together to map the world of secret trusts and offshore companies. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists analyzed 260 gigabytes of leaked corporate data, constituting text, PDF, images, spreadsheets, and images to reveal how government officials were offshoring money, how banks were involved in the practice, and how organized crime is using these same structures.176journalism.177applied again in the future.