Sometimes it helps to be a hoarder. When reporting on private companies, details collected in a structured way can often be as illuminating as what a reporter gets from interviews.

Katelyn Polantz, an Azbee Award-winning business reporter and data editor at American Law Media, shows how B2B publications can unmask hidden parts of any industry.

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Previously, Katelyn produced Supreme Court and political coverage for the PBS Newshour and wrote about schools, farms, and county governments for The Roanoke (Va.) Times. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Washington, D.C.