Number of tools
Data journalism, databases, data protection tools
1. R for Journalists
R for Journalism will help you to learn how to use the statistical computing and graphics language R to enhance your data analysis and reporting process.
Scraper for pulling tables out of PDFs
1. Data Detox Kit
Detox your data.
Ghostery helps you browse smarter by giving you control over ads and tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.
3. Jungle Disk
Jungle Disk provides automatic data backup, password management and security awareness training.
Keybase is a key directory that maps social media identities to encryption keys (including, but not limited to PGP keys) in a publicly auditable manner. Additionally it offers an end-to-end encrypted chat and cloud storage system
5. Let’s Encrypt
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority.
The browser extension Mailvelope provides end-to-end encryption for your existing email address.
Tresorit is the ultra-secure place in the cloud to store, sync and share files easily from anywhere, anytime.
Find people & businesses
Search tools and archives
Archive live urls in case they change, saved publicly for all to see, or search for urls others are saving.
Web archive for checking deleted or amended websites.
Corpate information tools
Financial reporting data tool.
Finding business information.
3. Companies House
Finding archived business information.
4. Investigative DashBoard
A place to make international research requests for journalists.
5. Open corporates
Tool for finding business information.
Collaborative production platform.
Finding people's addresses and sometimes phone numbers, based on where they were registered to vote.
Find people's relations.
Finding anyone's email or phone number, from LinkedIn.
Finding people that used to work at a company, to approach as a source.
Finding data on people when all else fails, aggregated information.
Geo & Chrono location
Open source satellite and mapping services
Location Based Searches
1. Insta tool name
Insta tool description
2. Insta tool name
Insta tool description
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
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.
10. ESA SNAP
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.
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.
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.
Database of industrial facilities.
21. Map checking
Map checking provides more recent satellite imagery than Google in, e.g. Iraq.
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.
Mapotic is a mapping platform.
24. NASA EarthData
25. Old Maps Online
Old Maps Online are a useful addition to Google Streetview.
OpenStreetCam is a project to collect crowdsourced street-level photographs
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.
Mapping stories across a geography
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
2. EJC video
EJC's video courses
3. Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media
This course is a fast-paced introduction to global muckraking, past and present, and includes penetrating interviews with historians and investigative journalists.
Totem is an online learning platform that offers educational courses about digital security and privacy, and related tools and tactics for journalists, activists and human rights defenders in a safe, online classroom environment.
5. Tutorials & Tech Support Guides
Tutorials on basic computer concepts, spyware removal, security, software, and operating systems.
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.
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
10. GIJN supply chains
11. GIJN tracking ships
12. How journalists can work from home securely
Cybersecurity tips for reporters working remotely in the time of COVID-19
13. IJ NET
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
18. Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center audience revenue glossary
Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center audience revenue glossary
19. News Nerdery
Media technology resources
Image & Video
Image and video search and verification tools
Image and video tools
1. Auto edit
Fast text-based video editing.
EXIF Purge is a small portable application to remove EXIF metadata from multiple images at once.
Read, write, remove, and manipulate metadata for a vast number of file types.
Image forensics tool.
7. Image Forensics
Web-based image forensics tool.
Verification plugin to help journalists verify images and videos.
10. Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer
Extract metadata, online.
11. Reveal Image Verification Assistant
Forensic providing eight filters to detect still images alterations.
12. Reverse image search
Locates similar images on the internet.
15. Tin Eye
Reverse image search.
16. VGG Face Finder (VFF) Engine
VFF is a web application that serves as a web engine to perform searches for faces over an user-defined image dataset.
17. VGG Image Classification (VIC) Engine
VIC is a web application that serves as a web engine to perform image classification queries over an user-defined image dataset.
18. VGG Image Search Engine (VISE)
This standalone application can be used to do a reverse image search on a large collection of images.
Making projects easier
Fundraising and collaboration tools
Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.
Evernote is an app designed for note taking, organizing, task management, and archiving.
3. Facet project
Collaborative production platform.
Filestage gives teams the easy way to manage the content review process.
Slack is a cloud-based proprietary instant messaging platform.
Manage any workflow from your inbox.
1. Best Practices for Making Investigative Journalism Sustainable
Learn more about the four ways that journalism organizations can make money.
2. Crowdfunding for Journalists
Tips for crowdfunding, global and regional crowdfunding sites, tutorials, free tools for campaigns.
3. Local news lab
Social media tools for reporters
Download public Facebook videos. Copy-paste the URL of the video and download it in the available definition formats.
2. Facebook Intersect Search Tool
This tool is designed to provide a simple method to conduct Facebook intersect searches across multiple variables. Missing intersect options are due to Facebook limitations.
3. Facebook Live Map
Live broadcasts around the world.
5. Search Is Back!
6. Search Tool
Find accounts by name, email, screen name, and phone.
Social Media Investigations - name, phone, email, username searches.
8. Stalk Scan
Advanced searches per Facebook profile.
9. Video Downloader Online
Download Facebook videos.
10. Who posted what?
Find posts on Facebook.
View interactions and activity of Instagram users.
Search Instagram and Twitter
3. Save Instagram Stories
Allows you to do a username search for stories already saved.
Tool for downloading Instagram stories.
Find other locations in Instagram’s database near a particular site.
1. LinkedIn Overlay Remover
Removes the overlay that displays over a LinkedIn profile.
Visualise and analyse your own LinkedIn network.
1. Bot Sentinel
A free platform developed to automatically detect political trollbots and untrustworthy accounts.
Web extension that is checking for bots.
Checks the activity of a Twitter account and gives it a score based on how likely the account is to be a bot.
4. InVID verification plugin
InVID plugin provides a Twitter advanced search by time interval up to the minute.
Linking social media users together to find sources
6. One Million Tweet Map
A tool that you can use to visualise tweets and aggregated Twitter data on a world map.
7. Quarter tweets
Geobased Twitter search.
A command-line power tool for Twitter (it is an open-source command-line script written in Ruby)
Chrome extension to visualise Twitter conversations.
Find reach of tweets.
Advanced Twitter scraping tool written in Python that doesn't use Twitter's API, allowing you to scrape a user's followers, following, Tweets and more while evading most API limitations.
12. Twitter advanced search
Search by date, keywords, etc.
Download anyone’s tweets, followers and likes in an Excel sheet.
1. Amnesty YouTube Dataviewer
Searches for a number of stills, not each frame is included (thus results may be left out).
2. Geo Search Tool
It uses YouTube and Google APIs to generate location-based search results which are stack ranked by upload time
YouTube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter (2.6, 2.7, or 3.2+), and it is not platform-specific.