Analysis on Records/Computer-Assisted Reporting: Investigative Reporting on Troubled Bridges in Missouri
According to www.nicar.org's Extra! Extra! link, Mark Greenblatt is a reporter who used computer-assisted reporting to help him tell a story about Missouri's troubled bridges. Greenblatt employed records from the National Bridge Inventroy, Federal Highway Administration, MODOT, and a video clip tape transcript Department of Transportation. The reporter would have needed to know how to use Microsoft Excel and navigate these different source banks so he could retrieve the information he needed and design graphs or chart which would help him analyze the numbers. Also, he needs to know how to calculate percentages and percent change. In his report, his KOMU's "computer-assisted investigation" revealed citizens in Missouri are seriously at risk because of mid-Missouri's deteriorating bridges.