How to find secrets and story ideas in bankruptcy court records (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Katy Stech Ferek of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Palani
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Expand your reporting into bankruptcy court filings, where journalists can uncover how businesses and people ended up in financial trouble, key details like a bankrupt person’s salary or monthly mortgage payment amount and sources who can help round out a story’s truths. Learn which PACER imitator websites work best for following unfolding cases, finding story ideas or digging up otherwise secret information, such as legal settlements or vendor contracts.

Speaker Bios

  • Katy Stech Ferek covers bankruptcy for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ Pro Bankruptcy with a focus on and mid-sized businesses, struggling municipalities and U.S. bankruptcy code reforms. A Syracuse grad, she has worked for newspapers in Charleston, S.C., Rochester, N.Y., and her hometown of Duluth, Minn. @katystech 

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