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Blog Analysis Entry: Records/CAR

The Informant

I looked at the four-part piece done by the Star Tribune about the corruption in the Minneapolis Police Department. The reporter most likely used CAR when analyzing numbers. For example, in the second part, it says that Lt. Lee Edwards was being paid by Taylor Trump, and says that the total has been $5,000 over the years. Trump probably didn't memorize that number and give it to the reporter. The reporter probably had to input numbers in spreadsheets or organize his notes into a time line so that he could put together an estimate. The reporter not only needed to know how to use spreadsheets, but he had to know how to use basic computer tools like internet search engines or the data libraries within the Star Tribune so that he could collect information to analyze.