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Investigative journalism produces some of the most memorable news stories.

Behind the scenes, gritty reporters are digging through documents and moving from lead to lead. But there are also more than a few tools to make that process easier.

Investigative journalist Fabiola Torres offered her seven must-have tools for the job in an article on Global Investigative Journalism Network, speaking with associate editor Gaelle Faure. Up first is open-source tool OpenRefine, which is useful for cleaning up and organising large datasets.

"It’s my very first step when working with data," according to Torres.

"For example, I used it to clean the data for OjoPúblico’s Cuidados Intensivos project, where we created a tool that allowed readers to see which medical professionals and clinics had paid fines or been prosecuted for malpractice."

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