A single Iowa diner may seem like a minuscule lever to help Lee win over Chinese appetites. But the Hamburg Inn has cultivated a national reputation among political followers who know that candidates must stop there as a rite of passage, or have even seen the restaurant as a setting on prime-time TV. It has become synonymous with old-fashioned retail politicking, not only milkshakes.
The first thing you tend to notice about the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is the line of visa applicants that snakes down the block. It's an indication of the robust level of travel between the U.S. and China for business, education and tourism. Some 2,300 employees (both Americans and locally hired personnel) work in the complex of six buildings, spread across more than 20 agencies. Tim Stratford, a partner with the Covington law firm in Beijing, worked 30 years ago in the embassy.
Des Moines Register reporter Kyle Munson and photographer Kelsey Kremer traveled to China for two weeks in late September to report on Iowa’s increasingly influential role in U.S-China relations as Terry Branstad, Iowa’s long-tenured former governor, takes on his new role as ambassador in Beijing. This project was made possible through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent international journalism.
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".