D.C.’s new innovation lab wanted to redesign red tape, and the city’s wonks were eager to help. On a punishingly hot Saturday morning in July, dozens of D.C. residents filed into a college auditorium to talk about paperwork. Not to fill anything out, mind you. No one was sacrificing an opportunity to snooze on a blistering summer weekend morning for the sake of checking a major chore off the list. Instead, attendees assembled to play team-building icebreaker games—about forms.
We’ll be searching for the city’s lost soul with “Vanishing New York” blogger and author Jeremiah Moss. Later this month, we’ll be hosting another HappyHourLab in NYC. We’ve loved bringing readers together for these in-person evenings of cocktails and conversation. The past installments in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn sold out, so make sure to reserve your spot ASAP! We’re excited to see new faces and soon-to-be-regulars alike.
We found the best songs about neighborhoods and how they change. After the success of last month’s playlist of public transportation tunes, we’re back with a new edition. This time, we’re grooving to songs about neighborhoods—and how they’ve changed. This is a great topic for a playlist, because nothing cements or destroys inter-neighbor relations like loud music. (Hello, the tap dancer I lived underneath in college, and that mysterious bagpiper in South Eugene, Oregon.)
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".