At the age of 16 Joseph Shaw was diagnosed with a mental illness and his relationships with family members were strained. The teenager left the familiarity of the care system behind at 18 and, tragically, found himself on the streets just six months later after falling into rent arrears. But Wigan Council came to the rescue, helping young Joe to get his name on the housing register as a priority resident.
Everyone loves tucking into sweets and chocolates at Christmas – now research from the UK’s leading confectionery expert has revealed the country’s favourite festive treats. Andy Baxendale is known throughout the industry as The Sweet Consultant and his career has seen him work for many of the biggest names in UK confectionery production. He was one of the stars of this year’s hit TV confectionery show The Sweet Makers, which is due to return to BBC 2 for a Christmas special on December 15.
New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West. The BBC’s Local News Partnerships scheme will eventually see 150 news reporters hired across Britain, to report on local democracy and cover council meetings. That includes 19 reporters across the North West. Fifty-eight organisations, including the Wigan Post and Wigan Observer’s parent company Johnston Press, successfully bid for funding through the £8m scheme.
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".