Our database gives you access to hundreds of diverse sources
We help newsrooms find new sources. Our database of vetted media experts lists women, LGBTQIA+ persons, people with disabilities, and people living in rural locations – in other words, voices that are usually unheard in mainstream media.
How it works
Step 1 : Get Verified
Complete a bio including where you work and what kind of reporting you do. We will verify your information and approve you.
- A very short bio (so experts can know who you are, and we can check you in our vetting process)
- Links to your social media and/or writing repositories (for the same reasons as above)
- A list of languages you report in
- Optionally, a photograph of yourself
Can you guess how many marketing chancers try access our database? We have permission from the women+ on our database to share their information with media practitioners and media students only. To protect their privacy, we manually vet every person who signs up to access the database.
Step 2 : Get Searching
Once you’ve been approved, log in to the database and browse all the incredible women+ on the database. You can use our search function to find people according to a topic, a place, a language etc.
Reach out to us. We can’t guarantee that we can find somebody, but we do have a more nuanced understanding of what our database members can speak about and can point you in other directions. Knowing the gaps in our database also means we can work to fill them.
Step 3 : Get Connected
If you find people on the database you’d like to speak to, you can view their contact details and get in touch. Usually, you’ll have access to a phone number, and everybody displays an email address.
Unfortunately, we do not have control over who replies when. If you can’t get in touch with the person you want, try reaching out to somebody else. If you’re still stuck, get in touch and we will help how we can.
Step 4 : Keep in touch
To keep funded, we need to show impact. So, it’s important that you let us know when you’ve successfully interviewed somebody from the database. Please share all your success stories. And if you have any suggestions, we would love to know.
Tip 1: Track the gender of your sources
You can only manage what you measure. Unless you know how many of your interviews are with men, women or non-binary persons, you can’t improve upon (or maintain) your representation. We recommend that journalists have spreadsheets of their interviewees’ genders, allowing them to make informed decisions about who they interview next.
Tip 2: Patience
One of the reasons so few women+ are quoted in the media is that it’s often harder to find women+ sources who are able/eager to talk. Keep in mind that some experts on our database may not have interacted with the media often, or may be anxious about speaking to you. So, we propose that you take on the challenge of creating more diversity in the media with empathy and a willingness to help the members of the Quote This Woman+ database grow.
Studies show that women+ receive less mentoring, and aren’t invited to share public platforms early on in their careers, meaning that often they’re less confident in the spotlight. There are women+ who know a great deal about a subject but will avoid the media because they believe there are others who know more. Women+ also avoid media engagements because they don’t have the time. No matter how senior they are, women+ carry out the majority of unpaid work at home and they consistently pick up the unseen and unrewarded responsibilities at work.