In this week’s podcast, I was joined by political journalists, Jane Merrick and Andrew Gimson to discuss events from across the week. We all suggested a story we felt had gone under-reported, including the recent attacks on Muslim MPs, the beginning of Merkel’s fourth term as German Chancellor and the Spring Statement. And then we turned to the event of the week: the political response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
UnHerd Head-to-Head: Is it time to end austerity? In our first UnHerd Head-to-Head, two high-profile economists debate whether it’s time to end austerity. Vicky Pryce, board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and former joint head of the UK Government Economic Service, made the case against austerity. Liam Halligan, regular UnHerd contributor, Sunday Telegraph economics columnist and CNN panellist, argued for continued restraint.
Experiencing a Zero Gravity jet, near Florida, in 2007. PA Images. As we have pointed out here before, it takes a lot to shift Donald Trump’s politics from top billing in the Washington Post. But Stephen Hawking died today. Even with the Pennsylvania special election down to the wire, the Post knew there was more important news. By far the world’s most famous scientist, Hawking simply dazzled. His brilliance as a physicist/cosmologist. His startling capacity to speak simply.
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".