With all the Nate Silver inspired debates about analytical journalism going on, I can't resist referring to the work Richard Mauer, Larry Makinson and others did at the Anchorage Daily News in the 1980s-1990s.
Using a Macintosh 512 and Fourth Dimension database software, we computerized all state campaign donation records long before the State of Alaska had done so. We kept databases of sources. We put the headlines, front page and classifieds online with a BBS system long before the World Wide Web was born.
Not suprisingly, this is noted in my book, Write Hard, Die Free.
See story below for some early recognition from Time magazinein 1986.