Need an expert for a story you’re researching? There are web tools that can help.
Just head to the ExpertTweet website, sign in using your Twitter account info and tweet your expert request. Journalistics says Twitter users following ExpertTweet actively scan the requests, making it likely they’ll see your need and respond with a suggestion.
ExpertTweet currently has less than 3,000 followers, so it may not give you what you’re looking for just yet, but as more people sign on and the service grows, your chances for a successful search will improve.
A more established website that can help you find sources is HARO — Help a Reporter Out. A number of news agencies already use HARO.
To submit a request, click on “Submit Queries” on the Reporters side of HARO’s homepage. You’ll then have the option to fill out a request form that includes space for detailing your location and deadline. HARO says it currently has nearly 103,000 active sources. And like ExpertTweet, it is 100% FREE.