I read with sadness and disappointment that the national wave of stupidity and hatred passed through Drake University, my alma mater, with racist graffiti appearing on campus over the weekend. A swastika was carved into the wall of an elevator at the Drake student center, and someone wrote racial epithets on the dry-erase board of a first-year student's door, reported the Register's Jeff Charis-Carlson and Charly Haley. And the students who were interviewed expressed surprise.
Dennis Meyer taught his new recruits how to sweep the floor last week at his business, Created in Johnston, which makes concrete statues on Merle Hay Road. "There's sweeping the floor, and then there's sweeping the floor the right way," Meyer said to a group of Johnston High School students with a variety of disabilities who work at his shop three days a week to gain work experience. "I will tell come up to you and say, 'You're doing a great job' or 'you have to do it over,'" Meyers said.
By that I mean I'm at the keyboard of my laptop stacking paragraphs for the first time in more than a week. This may seem a minor accomplishment given that this is my job, but it represents a significant personal victory. I was being stymied by a bubbling major depression, which would have been my third since November, so I consulted with my psychiatrist, Eric Barlow, about switching medications. The thing about psychoactive medication is that isn't like switching from aspirin to ibuprofen.
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".