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Bill Brown

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Computer-assisted journalism is just a fancy way of saying that journalists can use computers to more effectively report on a subject—and not in a Jayson Blair sort of way. I’m sure that that’s no newsflash there since reporters usually have strict deadlines that require them to get as much understanding of a subject in as short of a time as possible. Computers and the Internet are surely the most useful means to accomplish that end.

Power Reporting is designed to facilitate the task for reporters by providing links to useful utilities and articles. If it sounds like a portal, that’s exactly what it is. There’s probably nothing here that couldn’t be found elsewhere, but the value is in its centralization and organization around one overriding end: providing context. As a writer and a blogger, this is largely my end too. Point of fact: I found some new resources in the site’s Beat by Beat on History that I will use in the future. I also like the Company Research section.