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Databases for Finding Sources

Last Updated July 28, 2022

On this page, you'll find resources to help you identify expert sources for journalism stories, including experts from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in media.

Diverse Sources (beta)

Link: Diverse Sources

Creators: Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, Greg Lynch

Summary: This website is a source list of underrepresented scientists from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

About: “Diverse Sources is a searchable database of underrepresented experts in the areas of science, health and the environment. Anyone who considers themselves underrepresented and is willing to respond to journalists on deadline is encouraged to join (including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, language, mental health experience, nationality, physical abilities, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.). This database aims to make it easy for journalists and others to include a wider range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives in their work. By doing so, we can improve our coverage and better reflect the world we cover.

500 Women Scientists

Link: 500 Women Scientists

Summary: This project is more than just a database, it is also a community for scientists who identify as female. It also includes a searchable database of scientists who identify as female in many fields of science to help journalists, educators, and others find female experts to consult and quote.

500 Queer Scientists

Link: 500 Queer Scientists

About: “A visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs — a group that collectively represents a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery. 1,372 stories and counting.... We want to: ensure the next STEM generation has LGBTQ+ role models; help the current generation recognize they’re not alone; create opportunities for community connections and greater visibility within STEM. 500 Queer Scientists is fueled by individual, self-submitted bios and stories intended to boost the recognition and awareness of queer scientists.”

NPR Diverse Sources Database

Link: NPR

Creator: National Public Radio (NPR)

About: This database allows you to “find experts from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the media.” The resource includes a newsletter, expert spotlights, and bios of the experts included in the database. The database is searchable by location (US-focused, by state) or by area of expertise.

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