Analysis: Computer Assited Reporting
The Star Tribune's coverage of the Minnesota Senate race used computer aided reporting extensively. Links to stories containing interactive maps were available.
The software used was similar to the Atlas program we worked with. Readers can click on counties and cities to find detailed data about local election results.
Two additional links went to data tables that were spread sheets-probably excel products. Recount results by city and county are available. Gains and losses are in a spreadsheet format. There is an immense amount of data that was probably not done by hand. This clearly shows the power of computer aided reporting when dealing with large amounts of data.