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Being an investigative journalist can be an exhilarating job full of twists and turns, but the role can be challenging, frustrating and even dangerous at times.

Check out this advice from Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting, who asked eight of its reporters what skills they have learned on the job, and how they got their break into the industry.

For example, Will Evans advised people to become a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.

"Become a member, read the magazine, attend a conference or at the very least listen to the podcast," he said. "By far the best way to get introduced to investigative reporting or, if you already are, to get better."

Check out our chat with John Sweeney, award-winning BBC reporter, who explained that determination, skepticism and persistence are crucial skills for those looking to enter the profession.

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