USC Lunch and Learn

University of South Carolina Lunch and Learn:
“From the Panama Papers to Trump’s Russia Ties: Journalism as a Public Service.”

SPEAKER: Kevin G. Hall, Chief economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
DATE: Wednesday, March 1 from noon -1 PM
LOCATION: The USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Located at 800 Sumter Street, Room 318, Columbia, SC 29201.
RSVP: David Wilhite
FEE: No charge to SABEW members

Trump has 564 companies listed in his last financial disclosure report. He hasn’t released his taxes. His sons continue to travel with the world, with Secret Service protection, to do business deals for a family company the president says from which he has resigned. His wife recently filed a libel suit, alleging she’s lost the potential to make multi-million dollar deals across product lines. But the president has said the family won’t be profiting during a Trump presidency. Welcome to the challenging world of understanding, keeping track of and reporting on the Trump family finances.

The massive Panama Papers leak exposes in unprecedented detail how the world’s rich and powerful hide money offshore. It’s a story far too big for one news organization, so more than 300 journalists in 78 countries worked together in the largest-ever journalistic collaboration to bring the initial stories to light. Learn the secrets behind the months-long effort to coordinate reporting, editing and writing that led to a worldwide rollout of coverage. News organizations of all sizes can apply the lessons of #PanamaPapers to coordinate to hold government and business accountable in an era of declining resources for investigative reporting. Plus, here’s an update on what’s been done in the U.S. and abroad.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Kevin G. Hall is chief economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, a post he’s held since 2005. He’s a 2010 Pulitzer finalist and Loeb Award winner for reporting on Wall Street and the financial crisis. From 1999 to 2005 Hall was Knight Ridder’s Brazil-based South America bureau chief, and won the Sigma Delta Chi for Best Foreign Correspondence in 2004.

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