Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles highlighting Democratic challengers in the race for California’s 4th Congressional District. On Jan. 10, Jessica Morse’s campaign announced she raised more than $294,000 during the fourth quarter of 2017 in her run to represent California’s 4th Congressional District. It’s been a long time since any Democrat raised this much in a quarter in the district.
Since the revelation last Friday that a former Woodcreek High School teacher had repeatedly made inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old student, several more students have come forward with allegations, prompting the district to place him on administrative leave. Doug Mason, 56, became the subject of a firestorm of news and social media attention after a Jan. 12 report by The Sacramento Bee delved into a student’s account of his behavior.
Every week, our editorial staff meets to discuss what we can accomplish in time for the coming week’s issue. It’s an imperfect process, but there’s no other kind in this field. We cull story ideas from meeting agendas, attending events, phone calls to sources, emails, news releases, public databases, our own creativity, and of course by hearing from you, the reader. This necessarily involves compromise — balancing relevance with interest, and breadth with depth.
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".