Jill Soloway is under construction. This is true both literally—Soloway’s house, in the Los Feliz hills of Los Angeles, smells faintly of sawdust and has caution tape ringed around the banister—and in a deeper sense: The writer and director recently came out as gender nonbinary , meaning Soloway doesn’t identify as a woman or a man and prefers to use singular they pronouns rather than she or he.
Like any journalist, Iâ€™m on the receiving end of a fair number of PR emails. Frankly, sometimes they suck; but I can admit that Iâ€™ve gotten some good ideas from publicists, tooÂ â€”Â thereâ€™s a range from annoying to on-point. One thing is pretty consistent, though: PR emails almost always come from women. The job of producing hard-hitting, democracy-protecting journalism is still, statistically speaking, the domain of men.
There are two narratives of women activists in this political moment. In one telling, women are at the forefront of the resistance. The day after Trumpâ€™s inauguration, thousands of women (some in pink-knitted hats) and took to the streets of every major American city with a promise to oppose whatever this president hoped to achieve. They came home from the march and stuck political signs in their suburban lawns for the first time. They are the reason Trumpâ€™s approval ratings are so low.
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".