There were many stars that had to align for me to land my first full-fledged reporting job at the Whistler Question. At the time, I was cutting my teeth at a news website in Medellin, Colombia, performing my journalistic rite of passage as an unpaid intern. Because this kind of early-career experience doesn't exactly pay the bills, five months into what was supposed to be a six-week co-op, I was flat-out broke.
We're the only ones on a two-kilometre T-bar. That might be amazing — or maybe not so much. It's about noon on Boxing Day and people are only now starting to arrive at Troll Mountain, 44 kilometres east of Quesnel. It's -23C at the bottom and -15C at the top — a decent inversion but still cold enough to keep many Quesnelians in bed enjoying a second cup of coffee. Well, that and an ultra-thin snowpack that means only a handful of the resort's runs are skiable.
From a spruce tree, Dr. Darwyn Coxson plucks a wispy strand of Usnea — the lichen often referenced as old man's beard. Spreading it between his fingers like some forest-elf's game of Cat's Cradle, he notes how the environmentally sensitive organism was wiped out in Sweden by winds carrying the spoils of Europe's industrial revolution into Scandinavia. "Similarly," Coxson intones to the attentive group clustering around him, "any new, large, fossil-fuel burning project in Northern B.C.
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".