The story that I found on NICAR.org is from the Seattle Times. It can be found here, and is about the economic recession and how it's affected people near Seattle.
The story is nearly entirely based on records and analysis displayed on graphs and charts. They display, for example, the number of jobs lost in Washington state during each of the last five recessions. The chart easily shows that the current recession is one of the worst.
The reporters had to use computer skills to create the graphs and charts. Graphs like this can be made using a program like Excel. Knowing how to use such tools can be invaluable when trying to tell a story. The computer-assisted reporting used in this story does a much better job than simply using words to talk about the recession.