Our audiences tell us they spend a lot of time online searching for content, but don’t always use that time as productively as possible. I’m certainly like that — I can lose an hour swiping through Twitter, saving stuff but not learning anything. BBC Ideas is an attempt to help us spend that time better, making it easier for people to find short form videos about ideas.
We’re a public service – we don’t just make good programmes, we try to do good with programmes. There could be no better example than the Children’s Global Media Summit, which we hosted this week in Manchester. It’s a conference that happens every three years, bringing together the global leaders of the children’s media sector. I was extremely proud of my team for how meticulously they organised the three days. One moment will be impossible to forget.
A couple of friends confessed the other day that they didn’t know where to start with podcasts, and asked for recommendations. I sent them this and and thought I’d share. This is by no means a definite list of my top and all-time favourites, more of a selection of brilliant content for different moods that came to my mind. There are many brilliant ones missing from this list so do comment / tweet me with more suggestions. This is something new from the radio team and it’s a fun, entertaining listen.
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".