Half a million of anything seems like a lot. That may explain why the massacre of 500,000 honeybees last month in Sioux City captured the attention not only of Iowa but made headlines worldwide. Vandals whacked down and mangled 50 hives owned by Justin and Tori Englehardt, who produce Wild Hill Honey. The couple discovered the carnage on the frigid morning of Dec. 28 when they arrived to sweep away the fresh snowfall so their bees wouldn't suffocate.
I assume most of you are unfamiliar with the results of last year’s mayoral election in Waverly, excluding, of course, the 10,000 souls who live in this northeast Iowa town that is home to Wartburg College. That election brought together a pair of strangers, Dean Soash and Justin Scott, who had a sensible conversation about public prayer where there might have been a bitter dispute. Bitter disputes tend to attract a media scrum. Sensible conversations sometimes attract only me as a journalist.
I was shocked at this week's news that some homeowners in northern Missouri have been frustrated for years because the U.S. Postal Service has forced them to use an Iowa address — even though they live in the Show Me State. It has gotten so bad that Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced a bill Wednesday to rectify the injustice. I didn't know that people in Missouri were so fond of reading and writing that they would have need of postal delivery.
@FlyingDogSol@RealDavidEide Zuckerberg seems to like the Wilton Candy Kitchen in eastern Iowa. Maybe if the Altoona campus could house one of those, you could convince him to staff it with developers, too?
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".