Reporter’s tipsheet for acquiring free satellite images


The availability of satellite imagery represents a major new frontier for investigative journalism, and has exposed everything from the decimation of homes in Gaza to mass graves in occupied Ukraine and the link between corporate deforestation and disastrous forest fires in the Amazon.

However, we tend to see remote sensing data like this in major media, and access to these images — as well as the growing list of image providers and advanced analysis options — can seem intimidating for newcomers to the field, especially in the Global South.

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