These databases make finding sources from underrepresented backgrounds easier.
You’re probably not quoting enough marginalized voices. This disparity in reporting undermines journalists’ credibility and underestimates the complexity of any subject. These databases will help you diversify your sources.
If you’re worried about getting started, audit your published work for the past 3-6 months. Keep track of the races and genders you’re including. Don’t be intimidated or discouraged. The Atlantic’s Ed Yong spent two years trying to fix the gender imbalance in his stories. You’re not alone.
1. General expert databases
- NPR Diverse Sources Database
- Women’s Media Center She Source
- Women Also Know Stuff
- BBC Expert Women Database
- People of Color Experts Database
- People of Color Also Know Stuff
- Asian American Journalist Association Studio Diverse Sources
- Spotlight PA Diverse Source Database
2. Science, health, food, and environment
- Black DVM Network
- AKC Dog Breeders (great for finding responsible breeders but takes some digging to find people of color)
- 500 Women Scientists
- Sourcelist Women+ in Technology
- 500 Queer Scientists
- Sociologists for Trans Justice
- Diversify Chemistry
- LGBTQ+ Physicist Outlist
- Equity at the Table (EATT)
3. Writers, journalists, and marketing
- Writers of Color (@WritersofColor)
- Disabled Writers
- Editors of Color
- Asian American Journalists Association
- Native American Journalists Association (I also recommend checking out their super helpful guide to selecting Indigenous sources)
- Multicultural Experts Directory
- Black Freelancers
- Disabled Writers
- Black Creatives
- National Center on Disability and Journalism
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