The first time I met Dean Yates was in 1997 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was working in the Reuters bureau alongside his TV producer wife, Mary Binks. As a newbie to the region, just weeks into the job as the ABC's South-East Asia correspondent, I'd come looking for advice. Dean and Mary were both welcoming and helpful. Over the course of the next decade, our paths crossed numerous times.
"All my life I have no regrets. I enjoy it. I suffer. But that's a part of life. If you don't suffer, you don't know what joy is." Aldo Boschin sucked me in with those words. An 89-year old defiantly and eloquently staring mortality in the face. On the day I first met Aldo he was putting pen to paper to buy his funeral. A no-service, no-attendance cremation. Aldo, who was purchasing a pre-paid funeral, had agreed to take part in Lateline's report on Australia's funeral industry. He was matter of fact.
Initial trials to find a new use for land retired from mining in one of Australia's major coal fields are showing promising results. Around Muswellbrook in the New South Wales Hunter Valley region, coal companies now own almost a quarter of all freehold land. The companies, who will one day want to move once they have finished mining, are seeking alternative uses for the land they leave behind. Recent efforts have focused on restoring mined land as native pastures.
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".