OK, gang, we have been out of the office this week. Spent a lot of time outside of Birmingham chatting with a lot of SEC-football types. Yep, it's a tough gig but someone has to do it, right? So we have a lot to catch up on. Let's start with the letter-writing plan from the local chapter of the NAACP to relocate the statue of Confederate Gen. A.P. Stewart outside the Hamilton County Courthouse. First and foremost, we would never tell anyone what they should or should not be offended by in this life.
There will be smiles on Thursday at The Longhorn Restaurant. That's not news. The great neighborhood diner, which has for decades served up breakfast and lunch, is used to smiles. This Thursday, though, there also will be tears. This Thursday, Charlie and Susan Danner, who own the Longhorn with partner Henry Smith, will bid adios to Willie Kimble.
Last week, the Board of Education hired a man we hope will be able to right our Hamilton County school system. This almost two-year-long process was jump-started in large part by community outrage after reports emerged about a pool cue rape that happened during an Ooltewah High School basketball trip in 2015. The details are grotesque. The ultimate nightmare for every parent became the one thing that galvanized our county to demand change. It led to the end of the Rick Smith regime.
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".