Earlier this year I jumped back into the world of writing and reporting. It's not difficult for me to write, particularly when it's something easy. I do my best stories when it's feature writing. That's telling the stories of people and places. It's more of storytelling versus news. Along came a challenge recently. The Corsicana Daily Sun editor Michael Kormos asked if I’d tackle a little sports writing.
Gritty. Dirty. A heaping mess of sweat. My best friend who is also my husband has been a wonderful mentor. He doesn’t go about things with the intention of doing them, he just does it. To me, that is what marriage is supposed to be about.I was a gnarly mess several days ago as I pitched in to help build our kitchen. I’m simply an extra set of hands in this bit by doing some sanding and helping lift and put away a few things.
The Second Wave. I’ve seen natural disasters up close before. Moore, Oklahoma was the first in 1999. An F-5 tornado (there was no F-6 ranking in the day)ripped through this Oklahoma City suburb. In fact dozens of tornados tore up and down a path that seemed to parallel the I-35 corridor in the state of Oklahoma.Of course when people emerge from the decimation such as a tornado or flood; the first sigh of relief is breathed. Then comes the second wave.
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".