At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, I stood in the spot where I began my career at The Dispatch to tell my fantastic team I was ending it. (A staff member immediately raced to the window behind me to make sure it was locked.)
An 87-year-old woman called the newsroom in tears on Thursday morning after learning that The Dispatch is being sold. She has read the paper her entire life, she said, and feels like she is losing a friend. The paper isn't closing, thank goodness. It's changing hands.
Guess the size of the largest Ohio income-tax refund check in the past five years. Guess again. Bigger. Still bigger. If your guess isn't in the mid-seven figures, you're not even close. It was $5,002,300. Who said taxes couldn't be fun? With the stress of Wednesday's tax deadline building, it's a good time for some tax trivia.
Wednesday's front page featured a story reporting that airline fees had more than quadrupled between 2007 and 2013. Quadrupled. From $1.4 billion to $6.2 billion. That's billion with a "b." That story, by business Reporter Steve Wartenberg, is the kind of coverage I like to see because it represents our mission to watch out for you.
A bill aimed at improving responses to elder abuse victims got unanimous support from the Ohio House today. House Bill 24 would update Ohio's current definitions for elder abuse, which are "significantly outdated," said prime sponsor, Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea.
Everyone wants good roads, but no one wants to pay for them. An editor in our newsroom saw that on a friend's Facebook status update one day last fall, and it made an impression. That off-hand comment from a caterer in Georgia led to the report on our nation's infrastructure that you see on today's front page - and in papers across America.
Story placement in the newspaper is often a point of debate, usually rooted in an individual's political leanings. That debate intensifies when it touches on a taboo or highly controversial topic. And the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is high on the controversy scale as it offended just about everybody even before its release.
If you care about your money, the future of your children and state, the regulations surrounding things such as nursing homes, dependent-care providers and charter schools, you need to pay attention to what state officials are discussing. We're digging into different aspects of the budget daily.
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
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".