Some weeks, the cover story for the Guardian Weekly is obvious. Not so this week. With more calamity in London, and the usual chaos in Trumpian America, it was difficult to find an analytical piece beyond these stories that captured a theme of global interest. When I edit an edition I have Plan A and Plan B for the news lineup. For the edition now being printed on three continents, I opted for Plan C.How fortunate, then, that Plan C was a rather good one!
It was the week where the US became a rogue state by rejecting the Paris climate accord, and one where terror returned to the streets of London. It was a week of upset and sadness, more so than most. But even as Donald Trump declared that America would walk away from the historic pact to mitigate global warming, agreed in 2015 by 195 nations, China stepped to the climate fore, and Asia-Pacific, European and other countries reaffirmed their determination to protect the planet.
Why haven’t I finished? Fifteen segments that make up a ring, a Capital Ring of walking paths that loop inner London. By last autumn, when the nights began to close in and the oak trees were bare, I had completed 14 of the 15 sections. I was almost done with my 126km challenge, which had started as a lark three years earlier after I’d stumbled on to the trail near my home. I’ve tackled east London’s concrete pathways, taken in the Thames Barrier, whose mighty floodgates protect the city upstream.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".