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Last Update: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Note to students and young journalists: This page is by no means the end-all for sourcing stories. It's a starting point. There are many ways to mine sources besides the Web. The links on this page are just one option. Also talk to veteran reporters in your office and tap into the publication's or station's source lists as well.


Recent Additions to This Section
(This section features sites added to the page in the last few weeks.
Each link is cross-referenced on the page in its proper category.)

Google Search - Search Directory powered by google.com.

Wikipedia - On-line psychic information available at wikipedia.

OnlinePsychic.org - Free expert online psychic readings. OnlinePsychic.org offers free online psychic chat, online psychic readings, tarot readings and more psychic options which are updated daily.

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.

MediaMap: Experts Database

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace "Crisis in Iraq"
Updated news stories, analysis by experts and coordinates for analysts with direct e-mail and phone contact info.


Expert Central
Similar to Profnet; search a free database of more than 4,000 expert sources.

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

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

MediaResource Service
A science experts database tailored to journalists.

Royal Society Media Directory
Look for British science experts.

FACSNET
A great site with many kinds of resources. Search a free database of experts and other research tools for journalists and academics.

Experts.com
A good experts database.

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

Religionsource
This site allows journalists to find sources for their stories when religion intersects society on their beats. Journalists can log in and easily and quickly search a database for contact info, credentials and publications for about 5,000 religion scholars in more than 1,400 areas of expertise. The site is free and funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Northwestern University Media Guide to Experts
Look up contact information and bios on the school's top experts in several fields.

Guestfinder Experts Database

Geologists and Earth Scientists
Biographies of leaders in these fields of study.

Ibiblio: Sources and Experts

Encyclopedia of Associations

American Society of Association Executives

SAJA: Source List of South Asia Experts

Special Forces Expert Jess Johnson
Journalists recommend this retired special forces veteran of 25 years as an expert on 9-11, Iraq and other military issues. He was a medic in Vietnam and was a weapons and intelligence expert while in special forces. He has been on most continents, inside Russia, etc.

Pitsco's Ask an Expert

ReligionSource
From the American Academy of Religion, this site can put you in touch with religion experts and scholars.

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 web site that profiles their expertise so journalists can determine if they are the appropriate sources of information and opinion. Covers more than 10,000 topics.

MediaMap: Experts Database

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace "Crisis in Iraq"
Updated news stories, analysis by experts and coordinates for analysts with direct e-mail and phone contact info.

The Yearbook of Experts
This site features more than 1,000 experts who are ready to provide background information, advice or even on-the-record comment to the news media. If you're a journalist, you need a copy (they're free). If you're an expert, you need a listing (they're almost free).

Yahoo!'s Expert Page

Sources and Experts
Run by Kitty Bennett of the St. Petersburg Times.

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.

Keen.com Expert Database
Place queries to experts using this site, which charges a small fee. Call up experts on a variety of topics, such as finance, computing, medicine, etc. Sources are checked out by the organization. The sources call you back.

Businesswire's Expert SourceService

BizNet Experts Database

Abuzz.com Experts
Type in a question and this site will send it to volunteer "experts" who can answer it. Keep in mind that these are self-proclaimed experts. Good for some pop culture questions.

Federal Highway Admin Expertise Database

Megasources
Compiled by Dean Tudor, Ryerson journalism professor.

PR Newswire Press Room
A journalist-only site that has an archive of news releases and photos, expert sources through ProfNet, multimedia, a directory of company contacts and more.

Environmental Media Services Experts Database
Look up ag, chemistry and environment experts.

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.

Expert-Testimony.com

SourceNet
Journalist queries are mailed to PR people. A fee is charged for this service for PR professionals, but is free to the media.

SLA's One-Stop Shop
A combined list of academics lists.

MediaMap
Send your query to PR pros.

Military: Surveying Engineering and Mapping Center of Expertise

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.

South Asian Journalists Association: Experts on India's Parliament
Links to journalists in South Asia available to help cover the story and U.S.-based sources who are experts on the region.

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

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