Computer assisted reporting analysis
The story "Interior Ignored Science When Limiting Water to the Grand Canyon" in the Washington Post, said that they used documents to determine that Interior Department officials ignored data that showed there would be environmental degradation if water flow was limited in the Grand Canyon.
The story then explains the documents and links with sites that were used for evidence to legitimize this statement.
For example, there is memo published online from the Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent that officials knowingly produced an incorrect environmental assessment that would slow water from Glen Canyon Dam at night to generate electric power.
The document also describes how this decision will directly affect the endangered humback chub and errode the canyon's beaches.
There was also a news release from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, that outline high flow experiments in the river proving ecosystem deterioration if the rivers flow patterns changed.
This release also gives statements from political officials that say that though they are aware of the potenetial dangers, they must be considered in relation to the country's need for energy.
"Republican House members admonishing that future river management decisions must “balance any environmental benefits with the costs to power consumers in the West, particularly during a time of record-high energy prices.”
The reporter needed to use many computer skills in this article. Mostly research skills, and knowing where to find the appropriate information was essential in writing the story.