It can be pretty infuriating to turn on the radio expecting one thing but finding something else. It happened to me yesterday. I usually start the day with Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money, the best background guide to all of the political and economic stories that may unfold later. It’s fresh, authoritative, sometimes funny, never pompous. But at 5.15am yesterday it wasn’t there. Tennis was, the Australian Open, live, with the Telegraph’s Simon Briggs in the commentary box.
In October 2016, a piece I wrote titled “why it’s time to start writing about podcasts as culture” was published on the New Statesman website. Quite a lot of people read it; it appeared in podcast-related link roundups for a few weeks afterwards and I got a lot of messages expressing approval of the kind of writing I was suggesting that the nascent world of professionalised podcasting required.
If you read last week about Radio 2’s new schedule which, in May, will bring in more women presenters, shuffle some time slots and drop two of the network’s oldest programmes, The Organist Entertains and Listen to the Band, you may have felt a faint tingle of precognition. Fairy Gill, a creature who appears at Christmas in this space, had foreseen the BBC’s determination to capture and retain listeners aged 45 and under. Why this age group?
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".