Notice to Members of the ExpertFile Community

Updated March 1st

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic becomes a global issue affecting us all, many of our members have reached out to our team inquiring about how they can help contribute to informing the public on key issues facing your communities.   

There has never been a more important time for trusted sources of information.  Credible experts all over the world are in demand and we are rising to this challenge.

ExpertFile and its members are committed to ensuring we help connect journalists, researchers, governments, policymakers, and other important communities with expert sources from trusted organizations.  Together, we can get the much needed critical research, expert perspectives and fact-based information into the hands of those who need it.

Our commitment to providing expert sources is based on the following principles:

  • Fast – A curated platform of experts with advanced search functionality to save time
  • Credible  – Experts are vetted into this invite-only search engine
  • Free – There is no fee (ever) to search for and connect with experts
  • Responsive – Communications teams and press offices are copied on inquiries to help coordinate access.

Being a cloud-based platform has also proved beneficial to our community and our team. We thrive at remote working and helping all of our customers wherever they are in the world. We are here for you and understand that during times like these, businesses need to continue to keep the world and economy moving. 

We also realize that organizations need to take measures to protect themselves from fiscal uncertainty. We are here for you from that perspective as well. As a subscription-based service offering, we respect budgets and effectively “amortize” use instead of requiring a large budget and headcount – something our customers have shared has made accessibility easier during this time. 

Lastly, thanks to our customers who shared that now, when human to human interaction has been restricted, the availability and accessibility of expertise and human content that can be trusted is truly valued by their community.

In response to unprecedented demand for expert sources and fact-based insights during the COVID-19 pandemic, ExpertFile has launched the COVID-19 Experts Search Engine, a specialized online resource designed to help newsrooms around the world access reliable experts to speak on a variety of topics related to the coronavirus. 

With millions affected worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic, the dangers of misinformation and factual inaccuracy pose a potentially devastating impact on society. As the largest curated, open-access search engine of international expert sources, ExpertFile worked quickly and in close consultation with its members — including healthcare professionals, university academics, NGO’s, corporations, industry associations and journalists — to build the COVID-19 Experts Search Engine.  

This centralized online resource provides time-strapped journalists with easy access to experts on the following topics and more: 

  • Disease transmission
  • Diagnosis & treatment
  • Prevention & containment
  • Emergency response
  • Mental health & wellness
  • Public safety 
  • Healthcare policy & planning
  • The economy
  • Global supply chains
  • Technological innovation
  • Transportation
  • Remote work
  • Travel & entertainment
  • Leadership strategies
  • Communications & crisis management
  • Parenting
  • Age-related issues

This new site is the easiest way for journalists to access qualified subject-matter experts, according to Evans. Built in consultation with media professionals in the United States, Canada and Europe, the ExpertFile search engine gives those in need of experts, like journalists, the ability to quickly find sources according to subject expertise, location, language, or institution. 

ExpertFile has already amassed thousands of qualified experts across the globe spanning over 40,000 topics that are actively curated by communications professionals at leading organizations.  This has enabled the company to quickly collaborate with its membership to focus squarely on coronavirus and related areas.  Each expert profile includes a list of the individual’s credentials, media appearances, research and published work. Interview requests can be made directly via a contact form that appears directly on the expert’s profile.  

Qualified experts and communications teams in the ExpertFile community are on “high alert” to provide quick responses to requests from news outlets. Over 50 organizations have already collaborated on this coronavirus initiative, with new experts added daily. ExpertFile has also expanded its internal news team in New York, London, Los Angeles and Toronto to support journalists looking to connect with credible sources.  

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact global health, politics, economies and quality of life, ExpertFile will be consistently adding new experts to its COVID-19 Experts Search Engine, with an expanding internal news team to assist with coronavirus coverage. Suggestions for qualified experts to add to the search engine can be submitted via the Recommend an Expert  page.

For more information please contact:

Carly Maga

1-800-693-9126 ext. 103