I’m sure many readers, if not all, have felt the same frustration I experience almost daily on our freeways: crawling in traffic on I-5, I-15 or Route 52. For me, the worst is state Route 78, specifically in San Marcos. It consistently ranks as one of the worst bottlenecks in the county, no matter what Caltrans tries. Transportation affects all our lives. With that in mind, U-T reporter Joshua Emerson Smith will be devoting more of his time to the topic.
Readers saw some changes in B1 columnists last week, and another change is on the way. Politics and government editor Michael Smolens, who writes Sunday’s Political Notebook in addition to his editing duties, will move to a full-time columnist post in December. He’ll write about politics and civic affairs.
California voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older when they passed Proposition 64 in November 2016. At the beginning of the new year, state officials must have regulations in place for this market that is expected to be huge. The implications for the county, its cities and business will be immense. With that in mind, the Union-Tribune will dedicate a reporter to a cannabis beat. Current science writer Gary Robbins will take the helm.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".