Most colleges and universities have online databases of faculty experts.
Nonprofit organizations that advocate for an issue can be a good source of information and people to interview. But you still need to evaluate their credibility. Check the About section for their mission, for example, or their board of directors to see if they have prominent people serving.
Here are some search strategies:
Current news stories
Higher Education Stories
For higher education stories (think stories about issues on campus), you will want to check out these sources:
For News Transcripts
Historical Clip Databases
Another approach to finding government statistics on a topic is to use the following search in Google:
Statistics [TOPIC] site:.gov
Former Los Angeles Times journalist Robert Niles offers simple explanations of the key types of math calculations and statistical descriptions that journalists are asked to make.
The Society of Professional Journalists has put together a "Diversity Toolbox" to help journalists improve their reporting. Here are a few highlights from the Toolbox as well as from the Poynter Institute, the American Press Institute, and the Women's Media Center.