The Investigative Reporters and Editors posted a story on their blog about an article that ran in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The article reported that Minnesota teachers had been violating licensing rules.
The blog post said that 900 teachers in Minnesota violated the rules in the past five years.
The reporter sites information from state records, which he or she must have obtained. The reporter uses that information to back up the story, giving the amount of waivers and exceptions granted by the state Teaching Board.
To do this reporting, the reporter needed to know how to obtain the state records, which may have been available online.