By Lauren Regnier
In the Story titled, "Recession taking toll on Washington state," the reporter had to seek records and analyze then to put the story together.
The reported states that Washington's economy is at it's all-time low, so in order to make that claim the reported must have looked at a number of economic records provided by the state, compared them and then made that determination.
To do this, the reporter needed to know how to file records through their states statute under the Freedom of Information Act. They also needed to know their states laws involved with that statute in order to verify their eligibility for obtaining that information.
An additional link in the story connects the reader to a line chart, which shows states economic history since WWII. In order to put this together, they needed additional computer skills to create such charts.