Today's independent journalists have to do it all - write, photograph, update social media, edit, and even do video on occasion. My background as a photographer and IT expert gives me an edge when it comes to working with local community news initiatives.
When Flannery O’Conner became seriously ill with lupus, the autoimmune disease that killed her father, she was forced to leave New York City and return to the home that sheltered her during her teenage years. She lived out the remainder of her life on the farm and spent most of that time writing (Wise Blood and her short story collection A Good Man is Hard to Find, both of which feature Andalusia Farm as a setting, were written in Milledgeville).
New York's hiking trails are about to get a big upgrade, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2 million gift to spruce up the state's outdoor recreation offerings. The money will go to 12 different projects, including trail rehab at Rockefeller State Park Preserve, new stone stairs at Ithaca Area Gorge Parks, and interpretive signs at Taconic Region State Parks.
A bill in the North Carolina legislature backed by Duke Energy could slow the state’s solar boom to a crawl, advocates warn. As Duke has urged for months, House Bill 909 would drive nearly all future independent clean energy projects out from under the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), and into a bidding process the utility manages, with a ceiling of 400 megawatts for each of the next five years, and no floor.
“The future of journalism is really community news. Covering your town in a way the majors can’t is what keeps local people reading, and CLTBlog has taken that idea and run with it. Their website isn’t just visually stunning but also has neighborhood-specific content that the majors often overlook. Nothing like a little guy to keep us on our toes, right?”
“The twenty-two local writers and photographers who serve as CLT Blog staffers post near-daily blog and video entries, keeping Charlotte readers informed about uptown bar crawls, retail hot spots, and NoDa’s newest eateries. They also ride the new-media wave, posting rapid-fire tweets for those who need to be in the know right now.”
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".