Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about the Peoria Journal Star's decision to stop publishing personal bankruptcies.
The newspaper said that in today's economy, personal bankruptcies no longer hold the news value they did a few years ago.
The paper said it might still report on personal bankruptcies involving prominent Peoria-area residents and will continue to report significant bankruptcy filings of local businesses and corporations. The panelists wonder how the paper will determine who is "prominent" and which business bankruptcies are "significant."
While the privilege of ownership allows the paper to choose what it prints and does not print, the panelists are concerned about the decision to stop reporting this aspect of the public record.