Jennifer King has been a digital producer at ABC News Online since 2014 (after a long career as a registered nurse).
She has a special interest in news obituaries and in sharing the stories of regional Australia.
David Tong, a child prodigy who became a concert pianist before turning his back on music to become a commercial pilot, has died after his plane crashed into a remote Papua New Guinea mountainside, aged 34. He had been flying a Britten Norman Islander between Derim and Lae, across some of the country's most rugged terrain in Morobe province, when the plane he was piloting crashed into dense jungle on December 23.
As the end of the year approaches, there is time to pause and reflect on the lives of those who died during the year. And this year, as is true of every year, Australia lost some remarkable newsmakers. Sports people, activists, musicians, journalists, actors, pioneers of science and medicine, politicians…Each of these people had fascinating and diverse life stories. Let's take a closer look at a few of them.
John Henderson, who has died in Nambour, Queensland, aged 76, was not 'famous'. He was not a film star, nor did he write legislation, reach the moon, or break world records. Rather, he was a soldier, a father, a husband, a woodworker, a traveller, a mentor — and a really bad tiler. But possibly his greatest and bravest accomplishment was tackling his own depression and throwing out a lifeline to one of his sons when he saw him struggling with his mental health.
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".