First Person - In New Plymouth, I set off my wipers round every corner. In Hamilton, I grappled fruitlessly with the fuel cap. Near Queenstown, I barrelled down Cardrona Peak, headlights on full, no idea how to dip them. Each time I wrestled a different rental car, tearing from one campaign stop to the next, mentally scripting the next news update, a sheen on my brow, a cheese scone bouncing on the back seat. If 2014 was a fever dream, 2017's all anxiety. Remember the lunacy of three years ago?
A group of marauding pirates have ambushed a Labour Party rally in New Plymouth, inviting leader Jacinda "Arrrrrrdern" to join them for a rum. Ms Ardern was speaking to several hundred supporters in the city this afternoon when the rowdy buccaneers - preparing for a pub crawl - passed by. "Ahoy!" she shouted. "This is a first!" As her speech drew to an end, the captain and first mate pushed their way to the front of the crowd. "Excuse me, Ms Ardern. We have a question for you."
The National and ACT parties have received a frosty reception at a meeting with families of suicide victims after both sending last-minute representatives. The forum in Wellington was organised by the suicide awareness group YesWeCare and was backed by more than 200 bereaved families. Neither National nor ACT responded to their invitation, but after questions from the media on Monday morning, both sent along spokespeople.
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".