Computer-assisted reporting: "Contaminated water?"
The author of this investigative report about contaminated water in elementary school drinking fountains had to search for and compile data about the lead content in fountains from several elementary schools. They searched for records from the school and for government information to be able to determine whether the lead content in each fountain exceeded the government regulation and to find out the potential effects of different levels of lead.
The reporters used many investigative techniques not dependent on the computer, including methodically observing students, teachers and custodians in the schools themselves and comparing their observations to the records. They also had an expert test the lead content of drinking fountains in several schools rather than assuming the official reports to be correct, allowing them to discover that some school officials had falsified the records.