The day the Trump Administration announced intentions to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), one of my students asked me if I’d heard the news. “I did hear,” I responded gravely. My student wrinkled his nose. He told me he supported the repeal, which surprised me, since he was also an immigrant. But as he continued talking, I realized that he thought because his own (legal) entry into the United States was relatively easy, it must be that way for everyone.
What does it mean to be a good neighbor? That’s a question I found myself asking when a GoFundMe was posted in my neighborhood’s Nextdoor social network page. In it, the fundraising host shared the tragic story of a car accident that sent two sisters to the hospital. I felt sickened reading it, and not just because the beautiful 5-year-old girl with a traumatic brain injury reminded me so much of my own daughter, but also because the accident happened around the corner from my house.
As we drove in the car today, my 5-year-old glanced down at her journal, which had her first and last name written across it. “We need to change our name,” she said. “Mgongolwa. It's too hard for people to say.” My heart sank. “You know what?” I told her. “Lots of my friends have names that some people think are hard!” I listed a few women that my daughter loved and admired. “But even when a name is hard to say, it is perfect the way it is.” “Really?” she said, skeptically.
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".