One of my longtime friends called me up recently. He was hating his new job, and was thinking about making a change. The call had been prompted by a recent conversation we had where I had encouraged him to think about his mission. It’s not a new idea, but I think it’s one that is overlooked. So often, I hear people encouraging others to pursue their passion. “Do what you love.” “Pursue what makes you happy.”It misses the mark to me. I learned this after years of doing what I love – writing.
Once upon a time, I had my life planned out. I knew what I was going to be when I grew up, where I was going to live, and who I was going to spend the rest of my life with. It’s amusing just thinking of how certain I was about the path I was going to take. If you had told me as recently as 10 years ago, that today I would be a widowed Catholic vegan, I would not have believed you. And yet the path that God set me on makes sense, knowing now what twists and turns God had in store for my life.
Sometimes in reporting a story, reporters learn about an unmet community need. One such need came to light recently as I looked into the phenomenon of homeless veterans for the Catholic Courier’s November issue. Staff from the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center told me that homeless veterans have unique circumstances and needs stemming from their military service.
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".