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Investigative journalists expose wrongdoing and hold the powerful to account. They also contribute to freedom of expression and media development, according to UNESCO.

If this is your career of choice but you do not quite know where to start, these tips from Marcus Tanner of Media Helping Media will guide you through the process of planning out and writing your first piece.

"Try an introduction that illustrates a fact, rather than just stating the fact. Find a person/family/scene/human interest story to illustrate the dilemma/phenomenon about which you’re writing,” he suggests.

Other tips on the list will help you choose the right tone, structure and fact-checking tools so you can produce a great piece of investigative journalism.

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