Number of tools

Geo & Chrono location

Open source satellite and mapping services

Maps, Satellites & Streetview

1. Baidu Maps

Baidu Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application, offering satellite imagery, street maps, street view and indoor view perspectives

2. Bing Maps

Bing offers more recent and higher resolution imagery than Google, e.g. in Afghanistan and Iraq.

3. Coordinate converter

Geographic Tools; Coordinate Conversion / Datum Transformation

4. Copernicus

Better resolution than Landsat

5. Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs is using its data refinery for satellite imagery. They are currently processing images from the major NASA and ESA satellite constellations. They do not charge journalists

6. Digital Globe

Satellite imagery, derived data, and space infrastructure.

7. Dual Maps

Dual Maps combine synchronised Google Maps, Aerial Imagery and Google Street View into one embeddable control.

8. EOS Landviewer

EOS Landviewer provides free services for up to 10 images. More images and analysis are available to journalists at a discount.

9. ESA Earth Online

The web portal provides a vast amount of content, grown and collected over more than a decade: Detailed technical information on Earth Observation (EO) missions; Satellites and sensors; EO data products & services; Online resources such as catalogues and library; Applications of satellite data; Access to promotional satellite imagery.


The Sentinel Applications Platform (SNAP) is a data analysis framework ideal for the exploitation of Earth Observation data.

11. Earth Explorer

The EarthExplorer (EE) user interface is an online search, discovery, and ordering tool developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

12. GIJN resources

Here you can find resources for finding and using satellite images.

13. GeoNames

A wide variety of different spellings in various languages. Draws upon many sources, including NGA’s Geonames.

14. GeoVisual Search

GeoVisual Search works on two different imagery catalogues, showcasing multiple resolutions, and national and global scale search.

15. Geograph

Geograph is a concept and open source code for an online website to create a comprehensive collection of photographs capturing every part of given region.

16. Google Earth Engine

Virtually any satellite imagery collected from NASA, NOAA, USGS, etc. is available.

17. Google Earth Pro

Add a Bing Maps satellite imagery layer. Historical imagery.

18. Google Maps

3D modelled places in the Americas, Australia, Europe, North Africa, and SE Asia.

19. HERE WeGo

Here WeGo is a web mapping and navigation service.

20. IndustryAbout

Database of industrial facilities.

21. Map checking

Map checking provides more recent satellite imagery than Google in, e.g. Iraq.

22. Mapillary

Mapillary is the street-level imagery platform that uses computer vision to fix the world’s maps. With computer vision, Mapillary connects images across time and space to create immersive street-level views and extract map data.

23. Mapotic

Mapotic is a mapping platform.

24. NASA EarthData
25. Old Maps Online

Old Maps Online are a useful addition to Google Streetview.

26. OpenStreetCam

OpenStreetCam is a project to collect crowdsourced street-level photographs

27. OpenStreetMap

A wide array of satellite and aerial images; broad search criteria; and other mapping and visualisation tools such as FIRMS for fires. Access to more than a dozen NASA data centres and associated satellite data products. NASA Earth Observations: More than 50 datasets on atmosphere, land, ocean, energy, environment and more.

28. StoryMap

Mapping stories across a geography

29. find2places

Allows querying Google Maps API for two specific places in precise distance from each other within a given radius. Useful for geolocating from photographs.

Handbooks & Tips

Handbooks, courses and tips for reporters


1. "Google News Initiative "

Verify, data, immersive, inclusion tools

2. 5 tips for journalists working with whistleblowers

Here are some tips to help guide and inform journalists who are working with whistleblowers.

3. COVID Links

Collection of links to resources, tools, data, and knowledge to support COVID analysis.

4. CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the coronavirus outbreak

Safety tips for journalists who are planning to cover the COVID-19 outbreak.

5. Coronanewsroom

Coronanewsroom offers stories, webinars, lesson and guide on how to run a newsroom in the time of COVID-19.

6. Coronavirus Tech Handbook

A crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak.

7. Coronavirus: Resources for reporters

First Draft’s resource hub has created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information.

8. EJC Handbook

EJC's Data Journalism Handbook

9. GIJN asset

Asset Disclosure

10. GIJN supply chains

Supply Chains

11. GIJN tracking ships

Maritime Shipping

12. How journalists can work from home securely

Cybersecurity tips for reporters working remotely in the time of COVID-19

13. IJ NET

Interview tips

14. Investigative Reporters and Editors resource hub

Investigative Reporters and Editors resource hub

15. Journo Code

Data journalism dictionary

16. Local news lab focus groups

Focus Groups guide

17. Local news lab newsletters

Newsletters guide

18. Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center audience revenue glossary

Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center audience revenue glossary

19. News Nerdery

Media technology resources

Social media

Social media tools for reporters