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Sources of Color
This online platform connects journalists with subject matter experts and people of color who have stories to tell. Sources of Color uses customized matching to connect journalists with a diverse pool of potential interviewees.

SciLine
An editorially independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit service for journalists and scientists. Its goal is to help get more science into news stories. It connects reporters quickly to scientific experts and validated evidence. It work with scientists to amplify their expertise and help them give voice to the facts. It’s fully funded by philanthropies, and everything it does is free.

ProPublica: Dollars for Docs
Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. Use this tool to search for general payments (excluding research and ownership interests) made from August 2013 to December 2018.

PodMatch
PodMatch is a free podcast booking service that automatically matches ideal podcast guests and hosts together to record high-quality podcast interviews.


EXPERT SOURCES

Note: Be sure to vet any sources you find in these databases. We’ve listed some tools from ProPublica below to find any conflicts of interests.

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Finding Expert Sources

Expertise Finder
Look up experts in various fields with this network.

Coursera Expert Network
Connects journalists with experts from top universities.

ExpertFile
A journalist looking for credible sources can access this searchable directory of experts in knowledge-based organizations in a curated network of experts on over 30,000 unique topics.

DiverseSources.org
Database of experts features underrepresented voices and perspectives in science, health and environment work.

NPR Diverse Sources Database
Find experts from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the media. Includes a featured “source of the week.”

Vetted
A free online directory of verified expert sources from top trending industries. Use Vetted’s search tool to locate diverse sources by industry, demographic, title, and more, then send direct interview requests without getting pitched. Journalist contact information is never shared with sources.

SciLine
An editorially independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit service for journalists and scientists. Its goal is to help get more science into news stories. It connects reporters quickly to scientific experts and validated evidence. It work with scientists to amplify their expertise and help them give voice to the facts. It’s fully funded by philanthropies, and everything it does is free.

News Media Alliance: How to Find Diverse Sources

HackPack
Find jobs, story ideas, experts, etc.

Google Scholar
Find experts and scholarly research papers.

Sources of Color
This online platform connects journalists with subject matter experts and people of color who have stories to tell. Sources of Color uses customized matching to connect journalists with a diverse pool of potential interviewees.

ProPublica: Dollars for Docs
Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. Use this tool to search for general payments (excluding research and ownership interests) made from August 2013 to December 2018.

ProPublica: Dollars for Profs
Database allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health for outside income and conflicts of interest of professors, researchers and staff.

AAJA Studio: Diverse Sources
Organized by a variety of diversity and civil rights topics.

People of Color Experts Database

ExpertEngine
Launched in 2012 to help journalists and others find experts in various fields.

ExpertAccess
LexisNexis for freelancers. Access contact info and clip searches. Fee is $240 per year.

Style Guide to Writing About Transgender People

WomenPlus: Source List
Database of expert sources.

Women Also Know Stuff Experts
More than 1,600 experts.

Twitter List: Black Health Experts on COVID-19

50 Experts to Trust in a Pandemic

COVID-19 Diverse Sources by Category
This NPR database is divided into 13 major categories. Each column is a separate category.

Expert-Finding Tools for Journalists

Five Services That Match Reporters with Expert Sources
From the Reynolds National Business Journalism Center.

Expert Click
An online director of expert sources. Some free resources for journalists, some content requires registration/pay. Part of the Yearbook of Experts print directory.

The Progress Network: Experts Database
A collection scientists, CEOs, scholars, writers, and innovators of all stripes pointing the world in a more positive direction. Get to know them and their work by exploring their bio pages.

BusinessWire’s ExpertSource
Helps media secure authoritative analysis, insights and commentary from leading academic and industry experts.

Election SOS Expert Network


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Editors of Color: Database of Diverse Databases

SourceWire.com
Similar to Profnet.com in finding “expert” sources for media stories. Some journalists say this service is faster.

Women’s Media Center: SheSource
Database of women experts for journalists, bookers and producers seeking women experts to appear on TV and to quote in print and online media.

List of Women Fact Checkers and Experts on Disinformation in India

University of South Carolina: Experts on War and Terrorism
A collection of faculty members with expertise in military, bioterrorism, etc.

Experts.com
A good experts database.

Qwoted Experts Database

ExpertClick
Searchable experts/groups list.

Megasources
A collection of resources from Ryerson professor Dean Tudor.

Newswise.com
A deep experts database, covering several academic fields.

Qwoted
A free platform that helps the media connect and collaborate with subject matter experts (and the PR people who represent them) when they’re working on a story. Within a private network, you can pose a question, review multiple pitches, and mute conversations when you have what you need. Qwoted automatically creates a portfolio of your work, and you can learn who your audience is, see the reach of your pieces, and measure your impact all within your Qwoted profile.

Guestfinder Experts Database

Federal Judicial Center: Judge Bios
Search federal court judge bios, past and present.

NPR Source of the Week

ExpertClick
Free registration with easy to use on-line forms for journalists. Experts can also register to be included free, but must have a link to a website that profiles their expertise so journalists can determine if they are the appropriate sources of information and opinion. Covers more than 10,000 topics.

Public Health COVID-19 Expert Database
Request information from public health experts with backgrounds in epidemiology, infectious disease, nutrition, vaccine supply chains, health systems and behavior change. Our team fields questions from journalists and fact-checkers, and publish our content in the languages that our partners need access to. We provide context, summaries, and responses to key COVID-19 topics and questions quickly.

COVID Exit Strategy: Tracking Our COVID-19 Response
A group of public health and crisis experts, some with experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It’s a non-partisan group, having worked across multiple administrations. They built the site to track each state’s progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Federal Agency Employee Locators

SlipUps.com
Mistakes in movies, books, etc.

State Recycling Association Contacts

National Speakers Association
A free searchable database by location, keyword, topics, etc. NSA is a non-profit professional association with nearly 4,000 professional speakers. These speakers are well-spoken experts in wide variety of areas – perfect for thought-provoking interviews.

CPA Directory
Searchable directory of accountants and firms.

AndreaCampbell.com
A forensic scientist, Campbell will soon have a book out, “Legal Ease: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure” and is offers contact information as a source at her Web site.

AskMeHelpDesk.com

Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian
Submit questions to a librarian. Includes a chat feature and links to various collections.

WhoRepresents.com: Agent Database
A great shortcut for sourcing, enter celebrity names into the database and get the managers or agents who represents them.

SFLink.net
Puts journalists in touch with science fiction experts including authors, artists and fans.

Openweb Analysts
This company helps journalists and news people with the concepts behind Open Source software, such as Linux, Apache web server and OpenOffice.

Patent Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice before the PTO
Contact information for more than 25,000 attorneys.

Howcast
Video how-to site.

WonderHowTo
Video instructions and tutorials.

WonderHowTo
Video instructions and tutorials.

eHow
Instructional Web site.

Spotlight PA: Diverse Source Database
Pennsylvania focus but sources can help for national pieces too.

PodMatch
PodMatch is a free podcast booking service that automatically matches ideal podcast guests and hosts together to record high-quality podcast interviews.


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