The blog about pension problems in California used computer assisted reporting to help with the reporter's story.
It looked like that the reporter cross-referenced stories regarding the same topic to find a certain trend. The reporter most likely subscribed to an RSS feed about this topic to get their information.
The reporter linked the blog to the actual story. That means that they knew basic computer skills because linking from one site to another is a fairly easy thing to do.
The reporter at least has basic computer skills to contribute to the website. As a reporter, one should have a basic knowledge of how computers work, because pretty soon everything is going to go electronic.