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SEC Filings Master Class (2013): Self-guided training

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This free, multi-session webinar, “SEC Filings Master Class,” will be held Oct. 8-10, 2013.

Covering public companies involves plowing through the documents they file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Have you ever wondered if you’re missing good stories because you don’t know where or what to look for?

This three-part training with Michelle Leder, who makes her living unearthing news in SEC filings, is designed to help you feel more confident in your SEC-document sleuthing. In one-hour sessions, you’ll enhance your ability to spot red flags in SEC filings.

Leder also presented a three-part webinar by the same title in 2012. Check out archived materials from that training here.


  • At least four things to look for in Form 10Ks that can result in good stories
  • At least four things to look for in proxies that can result in good stories
  • At least four things to look for in Form 10Qs that can result in good stories


For each of the documents below, Leder will point out at least four key things to watch for that can produce good stories. She’ll offer examples of stories that have been done, point out where to find these types of stories in the fine print of the SEC document and offer attendees a chance to practice finding the news themselves.

  • Day One: Form 10-K, or the annual summary of the company’s performance, is filed within 60 days of the end of its fiscal year.
  • Day Two: Proxy, or Schedule 14A, provides information to shareholders before the annual meeting. It includes executives’ compensation.
  • Day Three: Form 10-Q, or the quarterly summary of the company’s performance, is filed within 35 days of the end of each of its first three fiscal quarters. This session will also touch on other key filings.

Michelle Leder

Michelle Leder


Michelle Leder launched Footnoted.com (originally Footnoted.org) in 2003 to take “a closer look at the things that companies try to bury in their routine SEC filings,” according to the website. Its launch coincided with the release of her book, Financial Fine Print: Uncovering a Company’s True Value. Morningstar bought the site in 2010, but Leder bought it back in 2012. A longtime presenter for the Reynolds Center, she holds a degree in economics from Brandeis University.


Check out the session materials below for tips on how to use SEC filings in your investigative business reporting.

Session recordings

PowerPoint presentations

Additional Resources


In 2014, Financial/economy, Investigative, Self-guided and archives.

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  1. How soon will the first SEC Filing class recorded session become available?

  2. admin says:

    Hey, Paul! We’ve uploaded a recording of Day One’s session, and will upload Day Two’s recording after tomorrow’s second session concludes.

    Thanks for your interest in the course! If you have any other questions, please feel free to email them to cassandra.nicholson@businessjournalism.org.

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