A year ago, Cory and I were driving from Nevada to Wisconsin by way of Washington State. We had four suitcases, a few boxes of books, one dog and two cats. We were one short month away from moving an ocean away to Kyiv, Ukraine. And here we are, one year later, preparing to fly back to the United States for a short summer holiday. Oh, how much can change in just twelve short months. We still have our four suitcases though not nearly as many paper books as we would like.
In late May, I attended a travel writing conference and came home with a pile of magazines. I’ve always been a magazine collector, reading articles and then cutting out imagery and words to use in art projects. (Of course, there’s always a bit of research tied in with that process as well.) Throughout June, I’ve been reading those magazines along with saved news stories and a couple wonderful books. It’s been a nice mix of short stories and long reads, timeless tradition and current content.
I’m ashamed to admit that, prior to this past weekend, I’ve never attended a Pride event. I have been an ally and friend to a number of people who identify as LGBTQ over the years, but I’ve never actively participated in an organized event to support the gay community. I now live in a country where homosexuality hasn’t historically been tolerated or accepted, and the stakes are high. Ukraine wants to separate itself from Russia. It is developing its own identity.
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".