Research Guide

Resources & References for Writers

The WGA knows better than most that writing projects don’t just materialize out of thin air. Writers pour countless hours of research into their work in order to make their finished product as honest and accurate as possible. In order to ease this research process, the Guild has compiled this list of organizational and professional entities. Writers can use this list of contacts as a quick-reference guide.

The inclusion of an organization or entity on this list does not in and of itself indicate endorsement by or affiliation with the Guild.

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Freedom of Information Requests (Federal & State)

Federal Requests

Federal FOIA Requests (and Agency Search) (external – opens in a new window) – This site can help you determine if filing a federal FOIA request is the best option for you, and help you create your request when you’re ready.

State Requests

State Freedom of Information Laws lookup (external – opens in a new window) and state-specific resources (external – opens in a new window).

The National Freedom Of Information Coalition (NFOIC) works nationally and with its state organization members to promote laws, policies and practices that ensure expeditious access to state and local public records, proceedings and officials. Their website provides information on basic statutes about open meetings and open records and support for making FOI requests in a particular state.

FOIL & FOIA Request Guide

The CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism provides a useful FOIL & FOIA: Freedom of Information – Public Records Requests Guide (external – opens in a new window) and a comprehensive Freedom of Information Requests Tipsheet (external – opens in a new window) with information, tips, and sample language.


Department of Defense

Department of Defense Acronyms and Dictionary of Military Terms

Entertainment Liaison
Melanie Fonder Kaye
Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Engagement
The Department of Defense Entertainment Media Office supports studios, production companies, producers, directors, screenwriters, location managers, actors, and filmmakers in the production of both scripted and unscripted films. Organizations desiring the support of the Department of Defense for film productions should contact the DOD Entertainment Media Office by email at:

News Media Liaison
1 Todd Breasseale
Deputy Assistant to the Secretary for Public Affairs (Media)
The Department of Defense responds to media requests and queries through the Defense Press Operations office in the Pentagon.
Media with queries should call 703-697-5131 or email
Department of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400

Diplomatic Security Service

Diplomatic Security Service Website
General Contact
Angela French
(Television, Motion Picture and Book Liaison)
DSS Headquarters, U.S. Department of State
Office of Public Affairs
571-345-2507 office

Navy Director, Navy

Office of Information West
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1220
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7481 / FAX (310) 235-7856
Production Support Request Questionnaire

Air Force

Office of Public Affairs Entertainment Liaison
Los Angeles, CA
Bryon McGarry (Chief, Public Affairs)
424-225-0674 or 310-235-7511
Fax: 310-235-7500
Emails: or
NYC National Engagement Office (speakers/interviews)
805 Third Ave., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 732-275-2886 or 732-239-9359

Marine Corps

Entertainment Media Liaison Office
Build 2264
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Tel: 703-859-5355

E-mail: /


Federal (General) Contact
U.S. Army Public Affairs
Media Relations Division
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
1500 Army Pentagon, Room 1E475
Washington, DC 20310-1500
Journalists and members of the media can submit inquiries by emailing the Army Public Affairs Media Relations Division in the Pentagon. Please include your topic and deadline in your request.

Entertainment Industry Contact (Los Angeles branch)
U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Western Region
6230 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 2001
Van Nuys, California 91401-2724
Phone: (310) 279-8342
Fax: (818) 616-3672
(310) 235-7621 / FAX (310) 235-6075

Army Public Affairs (OCPA) Contacts:
Office Website
Public Affairs Northeast (OCPA New York): 212.784.0112
Army Entertainment Office (OCPA West): 310-279-8342 |  Website

Media Query Contacts by Subject:
Operations, intelligence, and logistics – 703-697-7662 or 703-697-5343
Weapons, environment, and technology – 703-693-5084 or 703-697-7592
Personnel and human resources – 703-695-0373 or 703-693-7859

Air Traffic Control

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Office
Office of Public Affairs
800 Independence Avenue, SW Room 908
Washington, DC 20591

Public Affairs Specialist
Steve Kulm
Phone: 202-366-9260

Eastern Region
1 Aviation Plaza, Room 542
Jamaica, NY 11434-4809
Phone: (718) 553-3015

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)


Federal Headquarters
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Office of Public Affairs
99 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20226

Media Inquiries
Phone: (202) 648-8500

Media Contacts
Janice L. Kemp
Public Affairs Specialist
(202) 648-7953, Direct

New York Division
New York Group VI (Industry Operations)
Financial Square
32 Old Slip, Suite 3500
New York, New York 10005
Voice: (646) 335-9060 Fax: (646) 335-9061

Public Affairs/Media Contact

Amanda Hay-Caroffino
Public Information Officer
Voice: (646) 335-9000
Fax: (646) 335-9001

United States Coast Guard

1st District Northeast Public Affairs Detachment New York
1 South Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212.514.4291 (main) / 917.703.0983 (after hours)

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
National Media & Press Inquiries: 202-307-7977 /
New York Media & Press Inquiries: Erin Mulvey, 212-337-2906; General phone line: 212.337.3900
New York Community Outreach Coordinator: SA Peter Strauss, 212.274.4502

Office of Training
P.O. Box 1475
Quantico, Virginia 22124-1475

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Office of Public Affairs – 202.278.3519
General Inquiries (national):
National Press Office (national news media) : 202-304-3691
New York Field Press Office
Adrienne Senatore and Martin Feely
Main Press Line: 212.384.2100

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Federal Headquarters
500 C St., SW Washington, DC 20472
FEMA Newsdesk, 202.646.3272

FEMA Region II – New York
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 1337
New York, NY 10278-0002
Director of External Affairs Don Caetano, 347-416-3792,

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Office of Multimedia

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
ICE Entertainment & Multimedia Office of Public Affairs Washington, DC
Brandon Montgomery 202.732.4242
General Media Inquiries:

Veterans Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420
Media Relations


Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

FDNY website
Frank Dwyer
Deputy Commissioner, External Affairs and Public Info
General Info

New York City Board of Education

Nathaniel Styer
Press Secretary
General Info

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)

Melanie Scharler
Associate Commissioner – Director of Strategic Communications
Contact information for MOME subdivisions
Send an email: Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)

Julie Bolcer
Executive Director of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor
General Info
General Inquiries: 212.447.2030

Office of Emergency Management, NYC (OEM)

Allison Pennisi
Executive Director – Public Information
General Info
Press office: 718.422.4888
165 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Department Website (external – opens in a new window)

New York Police Department (NYPD)

NYPD Midtown North Precinct
Officer Joe Dunne
Community Outreach Officer/Patrol Officer
212.767.8400, select ‘0’
Availability: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11:00am to 3:30pm.

Office of Deputy Commissioner, Public Information
Julian Phillips
Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs
One Police Plaza Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Attn: DCPI

NYPD Public Information Contacts

New York City Public Advocate

William Gerlich

Director of Communications
212.669.7200 ext. 2175
1 Centre Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Department Website


Alzheimer’s Association

The American Board of Anesthesiology
Lauren Dupere
Director, Communications, Engagement, & Marketing
(919) 745-2233

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Media Contacts
Theresa Hill, MS
Director of Public Relations
(773) 330-5273
LaSandra Cooper
Senior Public Relations Manager
(708) 650-2886

General Contact
ASA Communications Office
(847) 268-9246

American Medical Association

General Media Inquiries
Email form

Media inquiries regarding studies published in JAMA Network journals:
JAMA Network Media Relations
312-464-JAMA (5262)
Deanna Bellandi, MPH
Director, JAMA Network Media Relations, Social Media and News
Jim Michalski
Senior Public Information Officer, JAMA

Lighthouse International

111 E. 59th St
New York NY 10022-1202
Press & Media Inquiries: 917-386-9424

National Cancer Institute

Press Office
Building 31, Room 10A25
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2980

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333

Main Press Line

Fax: 404.718.1630

CDC National Center for Health Statistics
Phone: 301.458.4800
General/Non-Media Line: 800.232.4636

FDNY – Mobil CPR Training Unit

Phone: 718.281.3888

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Media Relations
26 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Media & Research Contact:
Ayana Young
General media inquiries and subject matter expert interview requests:

American Diabetes Association

2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202
Media Contact:
Daisy Diaz

Wheels of Progress

George Gallego
Founder & CEO
1325 Fifth Ave. Suite 4B New York, NY 10029

Epilepsy Foundation

8301 Professional Place
Landover, MD 20785

Media Contact
Jackie Aker
Director, Public Relations

National Society of Genetic Counselors
401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Expert Media Panel Contact
Public Communications, Inc. | 312.558.1770
Panel members & areas of focus
Additional NSGC contacts

Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Twitter: @HollwdHealth
Facebook: HollywoodHealth
Hollywood, Health & Society
USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Kerckhoff Hall
734 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Media Contact
Kate Langrall Folb
8383 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 650
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(323) 782-3315

General Contact
(213) 764-2704

Climate Change Initiative Contact
Roberta Cruger
Program Specialist
(323) 782-3325

National Athletic Trainers’ Association
1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115
Carrollton, TX 75006

Primary Contact
Tamesha Logan
Associate Executive Director

Mayo Clinic

Karl Oestreich
Media Relations Director

507-284-5005 |
Websites by category:
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Research and Physician Education Programs

United Network for Organ Sharing

Mary Beth Murphy
Chief Communications Officer
700 North 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

News & Media Bureau
Media relations specialists:
Anne Paschke
Eric Steigleder

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Deanna Killackey
Manager, Media Relations
Lauren P. Riley
Manager, PR and Communications
Kristen Coultas
Manager, Advocacy Communications
General Inbox:

Planned Parenthood

Office of Arts and Entertainment Engagement
Caren Spruch
Director of Arts and Entertainment Engagement

Media Office



New York Insight Meditation Center

(Theravada tradition)
General Questions:
(212) 213-4802

Mahayana Temple of New York

(Mahayana tradition)
133 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 925-8787
Extension 110 or 103

Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

(Vajrayana tradition)
P.O. Box 1599 New York, NY 10113
212 675 6544

Zen Peacemakers

(Zen tradition)
1732 1st Ave. Box #20162
New York, NY 10128
Phone: (INT +1) 917.633.9550


American Baptist Association

4605 N. State Line Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Baptist World Center Headquarters
1700 Baptist World Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Phone: 615.228.6292
Toll Free: 866.531.3054
Website (external – opens in a new window)

Southern Baptist Convention
Jon D. Wilke
Director of Media Relations
(615) 782-8611 – office
Jonathan P. Howe
Vice President for Communications
(615) 782-8645 – office
Submit an email inquiry

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

1011 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Media Relations
Office of Communications
(212) 371-1000 Ext. 2990
Archdiocese Website

United Church of Christ

National Office
1300 E. 9th Street, Suite 1100
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Charles Jefferson, Jr.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 216-736-2131
UCC Website

Christian Science

Manager and Church media contact
Kevin Ness
210 Massachusetts Ave. P09-10
Boston, MA 02115 USA

Episcopal Church Center

815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212.716.6136, 6137; 800.334.7626, ext. 6136, ext. 6137
Glossary of Terms –
Research & Statistics –
Amanda Skofstad
Public Affairs Officer
Contact form –


National Association of Evangelicals
PO Box 23269
Washington, DC 20026
Phone: 202.789.1011

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

ELCA Commission for Multicultural Ministries
8765 W. Higgins Rd. Chicago, IL 60631-4185
Shenandoah Gale
Director for Anti-Racism Commitment
Phone: 773.380.28362
800.638.3522 x 2862

United Methodist Church

Office of Public Information
810 12th Avenue S. Nashville, TN 37203
615-742-5406 or


ByFaith Magazine
The Web Magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America
Richard Doster
1700 North Brown Road, Suite 105
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(678) 825-1005

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Eric Hawkins
P: (801) 240-4111

Pentecostal Tabernacle International

18415 NW 7th Ave. Miami, FL 33169


Arsha Bodha Center

84 Cortelyous Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873


Reconstructing Judaism

Rachel Forth
Assistant Director of Engagement Communications
215.576.0800 ext. 133

1299 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095


Orthodox Union

40 Rector St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Rivki Schwartz
Director of Marketing and Communications

Maury Litwack
Managing Director Public Affairs


The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

3080 Broadway Suite B208
New York, NY 10027
(212) 533-7800

Union for Reform Judaism

Laura Frank



Baha’is of the United States

Baha’i National Center

1233 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 733-3400


Media and Public Affairs
James Samimi Farr
1320 19th St. NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-8990



MPAC Hollywood Bureau

Based in Los Angeles, The MPAC Hollywood Bureau changes the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry so that audiences see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world.



Collections & Stories of American Muslims

2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
202 610-0586


MOST Resource

As Muslim themes and characters appear more often in television and film, writers and producers face a complex challenge: presenting multidimensional characters and stories that transcend stereotypes. MOST offers a resource service — fast facts, polls, research, experts—about Islam and the Muslim world.

P.O. Box 650458
Potomac Falls, VA 20165-0458

Unity Productions Foundation (UPF)

The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to create peace through the media. A nonprofit organization founded in 1999, UPF produces documentary films for both television, broadcast, online viewing, and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and other faiths.

P.O. Box 650458
Potomac Falls, VA 20165-0458
Fax 703.738.7044


Church of Scientology International

6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6329

Karin Pouw
Public Relations Director
Contact Form


Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Suzanne Morse
Public Relations Director
(617) 948-4650

Lisa Gregory
Director of Communications
(617) 948-6431


General Religious Information

Religious Tolerance

The OCRT, the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, attempts to serve the people of the United States, Canada, and the rest of the English speaking world in four areas: disseminating accurate religious information; exposing religious fraud, hatred and misinformation; disseminating information on “hot” religious topics; and promoting religious tolerance.
Religious Tolerance Website (external – opens in a new window)


Sex & Nudity + Intimacy Coordinators

SAG-AFTRA Sex & Nudity Rulebook (external – opens in a new window)

SAG-AFTRA Intimacy Coordinator Resources (external – opens in a new window)

Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators (external – opens in a new window)

Bias-Free and Inclusive Language Guides

Conscious Style Guide (external – opens in a new window)

National Center on Disability and Journalism Disability Language Style Guide (external – opens in a new window)

American Psychological Association – Bias-Free Language Guide (external – opens in a new window)

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies – Inclusive Language Guide (external – opens in a new window)

Define American

Define American’s Entertainment Media Department spearheads consultations with entertainment industry executives, showrunners, and writers to help them develop more realistic immigrant characters and navigate complex immigration-related storylines with the goal of creating positive and long-lasting cultural change.

Issues and Communities: Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Undocumented Immigrants, Communities of Color

Managing Director
Jenn Bender

Charlene Jimenez
Director, Entertainment Partnerships and Advocacy


Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

The Bunche Center was established as an Organized Research Unit (ORU), with the mission to develop and strengthen African American Studies through five primary organizational branches: research, academic programs, library and media center, special projects, and publications.

160 Haines Hall
Box 951545
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1545


UCLA Division of Social Sciences Hollywood Diversity Report

The Hollywood Diversity Report series of annual reports has transferred to the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA.  The reports primarily examine the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry.

Background information on the annual report:  Why the Hollywood Diversity Report focuses on race, ethnicity and gender data

Please direct any questions about the reports to Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón, Director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences, at

2022 Hollywood Diversity Report

Ghetto Film School

Educates, develops and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers. In Partnership With Untitled-1.
John Mernacaj
Executive Director, GFS NY
79 Alexander Ave. 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 589-5470

GFS Roster
About the GFS Roster


Lambda Legal
Tom Warnke – Media Relations Director
Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
Tyleis Davidson – Public Information Officer
Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms


St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church
100 N. Oxford St.
St. Paul, MN 55104-6540
Pastor Anita Hill and Pastor Keith Olstad
Phone: 651.224.3371

Women in the Arts & Media, Inc. (WAM)

Shellen Lubin, Co-President
Leslie Shreve, Co-President
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2932
New York, NY 10010


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

Ann Canty
Senior Vice President for Communications, Marketing & Digital

General Media Inquiries

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

City Hall Library

31 Chambers Street, Room 112
New York, NY 10007
The Municipal Library and Archives’ public reading rooms are open to the public (by appointment only) – with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

For general research questions or to schedule an appointment:

Submit a contact form for the Municipal Archives and Library

Phone: 311 or 212.63.9675 (outside of New York)


The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040

Communications Department
(212) 570-3951


El Museo del Barrio

Media Contact
Rose Mary Cortes

The Jewish Museum

Anne Scher
Senior Director of Strategic Communications

1109 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10128


Lower East Side Tenement Museum

97 Orchid Street
New York, NY


Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198

Communications Department
(212) 570-3951


The New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
The New York Public Library
Press Inquiries

Media Contact

Library for the Performing Arts

New York Public Library
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation & Museum, New York
One Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Library and Archives

Marketing and Social Media

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
48001 Bilbao, Spain

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
701 Dorsoduro
30123 Venice, Italy

The Morgan Library & Museum

Department of Communications & Marketing
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Press Contacts
Noreen Khalid Ahmad
Adam Mrlik

The Africa Center (formerly Museum for African Art)

1280 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029


The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

Collections & Research Center
3 Howard Street
New York, NY 10013

+1 (855) 955-MOCA

The Museum of Modern Art

Department of Communications and Public Affairs
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Department of Communications
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101


Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106



New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368-2950

Media Relations


The Paley Center for Media

25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Kimberly Spell
Head of Communications


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801

Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

(212) 570-3648

Press and Media Inquiries
(212) 570-3633


Green Production Guide

Climate Storytelling Resource Hub
A list of organizations and companies involved in the development and promotion of climate and environmental content for the screen. From engaging with thematic story lines to messaging and world-building, take a look to see who may provide opportunities and resources (scientists, consultants, researchers), to help you develop sustainable content with authenticity and impact.

Good Energy

Good Energy is a nonprofit cultural consultancy for the age of climate change. Our mission is to inspire, support, and accelerate stories in scripted tv and film that reflect the world we live in now—and help us envision a better future.
Main Website –
Library of Experts

Inside Science | News Service of the American Institute of Physics

Emilie Lorditch
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3843 phone: 301.209.3029
Fax: 301.209.0846

Nature Conservancy

Meg Goldthwaite
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Andrea Caldas


American Civil Liberties Union

Briana Ryan
Media Relations Liaison
125 Broad St.,
New York, NY 10004
To schedule an interview with an ACLU expert, email or leave a voicemail at (212) 549-2666.

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Centers and Programs

Main Contact
Carla Denly
Assistant Dean for Communications

Guide to Covering Set

“The Idiot’s Guide to Covering Set” created by Adele Lim (PDF)

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