You learn something every day. Edmund Raines recently introduced me to the term “busking,” which is street language for musicians performing for donations near places of pedestrian traffic. I spotted him with his saxophone last month, propped on a cement bunker, sending a slow-tempo version of “We Three Kings” echoing down the Iowa City pedestrian mall to a sparse crowd of early holiday shoppers. It was snowless then, but cold, and he had to warm his fingers in his heavy overcoat between songs.
The story of Mayor Edward Koser’s burning of the Coralville jail in the early 1930s kind of leaps off the page at you when you browse through the town’s centennial history book. The act of demolishing the ancient wood-frame structure, which had allegedly not housed a single prisoner in 25 years, was probably not that big of a deal in itself. Its time was up.
North Liberty Police officer Ben Campbell’s furry, new squad-car partner has mega-skills, using the language of the times. He can search every room in a building quickly and effectively, track a lost child, run down a fleeing perpetrator when necessary and protect his partner. He can also alert his fellow officers to drugs hidden anywhere in a vehicle just by sniffing around the outside of it. And if need be, he can document his work by means of a GoPro camera strapped to his vest.
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".