Alphonce Shiundu is a talented and thorough multimedia journalist with hands-on experience in political, legislative, and development journalism in Kenya. He has professional understanding of local, regional and global journalism, and has done jobs for respected newspapers in South Africa (The In...
This time last year, Kenya’s elections and the polarising political rhetoric that accompanied the campaigns were months away. The now-popular term “fake news” was also relatively unknown in the Kenyan political context. And regular fact-checking of public claims did not yet exist. It is against this backdrop that I started working as Africa Check’s first full-time fact-checker in Kenya. The mission was straightforward: To keep public debate honest.
In a grainy video from 1957, a man of 20 years age is escorted to the throne, crowned and made the leader of what today is a vast community of an estimated 20 million Ismailis, a branch of Shia Islam. The youngster went up to the throne as Prince Karim al Husseini Shah and came down as His Highness the Aga Khan IV. He is an unusual monarch in the sense of not having a geographic realm. His personal fortune is kept secret. Forbes estimated it at $ 800 million in 2010.
NAIROBI, KENYA: The Deputy President William Ruto has joined Kenyans in mourning KTN’s news anchor Ahmed Dharwesh who was scheduled to be laid to rest Tuesday evening. On his Twitter handle @WilliamsRuto, he said: @darweshdaru was a great journalist. He graced our screens with a rare smile that made @KTNLeo even more interesting to watch. RIP.
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".