Imagine you are a young Muslim growing up in Melbourne. Now consider the last six months in isolation. Start with those ominous black balloons in Bendigo, and the organised campaign of hate and vilification to "Stop the Mosque". Take a look at the next three-word slogan - "Ban the burqa" - and the posturing of politicians reacting to the idea of a ban, the cross-examination of the practicality and morality and legality of a ban, and all that frothing over who even has the right to comment on a ban.
The warm but fuzzy picture of what happened in Shepparton District polling stations last week made for a nice little election snapshot – one of those folksy flashbulb anomalies that makes politics likeable again. In these pages and others, the independent Suzanna Sheed, 60, was easily and freely described as the "giant killer" of the state election – the symbol of a larger "quiet revolution" against the Nationals in regional Victoria.
"Giant killer" independent Suzanna Sheed has pulled off the upset of the state election, defeating Nationals candidate Greg Barr in the formerly safe Coalition seat of Shepparton. Ms Sheed had been unwilling to claim victory until all votes are counted early next week, but with 52.9 per cent of the vote to the 60-year-old family lawyer on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Barr called to concede the race was over.
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".