We wanted to get to know Kristen Fischer (NAIWE’s Journalism Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here is what she shared with us.
What defines a source?
A source is a person with the credentials applicable to lend credibility to a story.
What are ways to verify a source?
My favorite way is to Google the source’s name. Also, visit the institution they are currently at to ensure that they are, in fact, employed there.
What are some of the credentials to look for in a source?
If you’re writing a story about cancer, you’d probably want to talk to an oncologist if you need a professional source. There are certain credentials you may want for different topics; for that cancer article, the oncologist should be an M.D., for example. You may also want to see if that source authored research or wrote a book on the topic. If they are a member of a related trade association, that looks good as well. You just want someone currently working in a related role or someone retired who was highly regarded in the field.
Want to know how to quickly find reputable sources? We’ll go through tips and tricks from journalists to find the right sources for stories–in a pinch. This will include experts for quotes, as well as written research for articles.
You can join in this conversation on July 20, at 4 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a discussion on finding sources. The cost for NAIWE members is only $10! Non-members can join for $30. Register today!