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DISCLOSING COMPANY SECRETS: Finding Hidden Stories in Financial Documents

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November 15 - November 18, 2005
University of California Berkeley/Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

The Western Knight Center accepted applications for this in-depth, expenses-paid seminar which brought 16 professional journalists together with some of the nation’s leading investigative financial journalists. The experts shared investigative techniques for uncovering revealing information from financial statements and analyst reports. Fellows also learned how to uncover stories from paperwork filed with local, state and federal regulatory agencies. Fellows gained greater skill in writing compelling business profiles and organizing and constructing powerful narratives.

Subjects covered in the seminar included:

  • Unearthing financial documents and extracting detailed information from them
  • What you can get from public and private companies
  • Reading accounting statements and recognizing red flags
  • Understanding government regulation of business and navigating regulatory agencies
  • Developing sources that get you behind the scenes



What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"Excellent. Quality of speakers and presentations was superb. I really got a lot out of this."
- Lisa O’Neill Hill, Riverside Press-Enterprise
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