I believe that everyone has a voice. Combining my passion of journalism and social issues I have worked to bring the issues of homelessness, mental health and crime to the front burner while covering the city of Toronto for newz4u.net, an online news source that I founded in May 2010.
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Can we change the world? Can one person write an article that makes millions stop and rethink their way of life? Can we support an idea and see it come to light? Can we research until our eyes bleed? Can we not? What is our potential? As a collective whole do we matter? As a single voice in the mass media does what we type make a difference? Are the ideas that we write about good for others? Do we preach about something that could harm the human race? Do we stay silent for fear of rejection?
Today is International Woman’s Day so I start my day off with my first anthem, I Am Woman by Helen Reddy. Way back when I was a young girl this song was my motto. The words that guided me through my life, not just then but today. Being human isn’t an easy job. Being a woman can be a little harder still and yet, being a woman is wonderful. We may have our trials, those times when our gender seems to hold us back. We face decimation in the workplace, at school and on the street because of our gender.
The seasons can affect writing patterns. During the long, cold winter months it can be easier to sit at the desk for hours and pound out words. And then that block comes as our body begins to long for the heat to return. It’s very tempting to crawl back under the covers and let sleep lull us away thinking perhaps a dream will come that inspires me. I fall prey to the blanket gods often during this time of the year.
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".