Connor Sheets is an experienced, award-winning journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is an investigative reporter for The Birmingham News.
He has a knack for hard-hitting, revealing investigations, and also possesses the nuance and sensibility necessary to write compelling and reveali...
It took a tragedy for Lauren Jacobs to realize just how important the Magic City Acceptance Center has become to Birmingham-area LGBTQ youths. Alabama's tight-knit LGBTQ community was rocked on June 1, when transgender 13-year-old Jay Griffin's parents found his dead body in his room in their Trussville home. Like too many troubled transgender teens before him, Griffin had committed suicide.
Inmates in prisons across Alabama would soon have access to tablet computers under a new plan by the state Department of Corrections aimed in part at reducing the high cost of calling home from behind bars. The proposal would have the DOC supply each of Alabama's dozens of prison dorms with 15 to 20 tablets and a secure wireless network for educational purposes and phone calls, according to the department.
On April 10, Antonio Sanchez was driving from a landscaping job in Pelham to his home in Pinson when he was pulled over for having a large pile of branches in the back of his truck. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy who stopped him did not give the father of seven a ticket for the branches. But the deputy ran a check on him and discovered that his license was suspended and he had missed a court date for a public intoxication violation.
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".