I always thought TV reporters were disadvantaged in getting good spokespersons from out of town because they had to have pictures. It was easier for the newspaper and radio journalists who didn’t have to have a face! But now with Skype, TV folks, too, can use experts from out of town.
I’ve long admired the great list of experts in several countries compiled by Julian Sher, @JulianSher, a Canadian investigative journalist who works across platforms. And while you’re at his site, click around for links to public records, media outlets and more.
Sher is a newsroom trainer and writes for The Globe and Mail in Canada. He’s also done documentaries and written several books.