Part of the process of researching on my data story involved diving into news outlets claims about data and finding the source of the information.
One example included a news story done by PBS which claimed that ACT and SAT scores did not matter. So looking into the article I found the source of the data that backed up the claim.
At first finding the data was difficult as the page which the article linked to did not appear to exist, however I continued to search for the source of the information based on context provided from the article like the creator of the data and key words. Eventually I found the study that was cited.
The study confirmed the information as well as provided a valuable primary source of data that I could use in my story.