Online: Understanding Company Financial Statements

Our 15-hour interactive online journalism course, which includes a challenging written assignment, will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to find stories in financial statements. This course, aimed at financial journalists and non-financial journalists alike, is officially certified for Continuing Professional Development.

What is this course?

This is a new interactive online course for national and international journalists and activists who want to find stories and follow the money by using companies’ financial statements.

Written in English for journalists by Finance Uncovered's own journalists, this approximately 15-hour course demystifies the technical language used by companies, giving learners the confidence to tackle material that many find intimidating.

Structured over four modules, partly narrated by professional actors and with a written assignment to finish, the course includes actual case studies and quizzes that help learners understand accounting concepts and where to spot red flags and stories.

Certified and accredited by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development), this course gives a journalistic guide to the Income Statement, the Balance Sheet, the Cash flow statement and the narrative reports by company directors and external auditors.

Who it is aimed at

We believe that all news reporters, citizen journalists and activist researchers would better able to investigate leads if they had the confidence to read company financial statements and use them as an extra source of information.

The course will not make you an accountant! But it does give you an insight into their world.

If you are comfortable using financial statements, then it's probably not for you.

For everyone else, it's likely you will learn something new – and add to your skillset and even give you an edge over your peers.

The course is in English, but the beauty (!) of accounting concepts and financial statements is that they follow similar formats throughout the world.

How it is structured

The course takes about 15 hours to complete via four structured modules, with access to the team at Finance Uncovered throughout. You will be given time-limited logins to our learning platform.

Module 1: Basic Accounting and Business concepts

Module 2: Unpacking the Profit & Loss/Income Statement, the Balance Sheet and the Cash flow statement

Module 3: The Notes and the Audit Report

Module 4: Quiz and Assignment which we mark and send back to participants

How and when is it available?

We will be hosting the course at regular intervals in 2022, but spaces will be limited to a maximum of 30 people per cohort.

We welcome enquiries and applications from individuals, as well as from groups of journalists and activists working in the same organisation.

The course is not free, but there may be occasions when we offer bursary places.

We encourage you to contact us using the 'Enquire now' button above.