I wasn’t on the Red Line a month ago when it derailed, but I easily could have been. It’s my primary subway line — the Harvard Square T is my hub to the transportation routes that go all over the city. For the most part, the MBTA buses and trains get me within yards of my destination or offer the best way to get to places where parking is virtually nonexistent or expensive.
Nobody wants to acknowledge it because it is an uncomfortable reminder of the nation’s racial reality. A glaring truth that does not reflect the melting pot "we’re all in this together" American narrative. But two weeks ago, the Parkland, Fla., school shooting put the mirror in front of us. The tragic loss of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School revived the gun control controversy, and with it, underscored the ongoing discourse about whose lives matter.
When Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker died last month, I paused to acknowledge the man and his lifetime of fighting against discrimination. The 88-year-old pastor and organizer was one of the lions of social justice. But, it’s likely that outside of certain circles of religion, academia and activism, his name does not bring widespread public recognition. And that’s especially poignant in this month when we celebrate black history, because Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker is black history.
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".