First came the Facebook messages; by late winter we were getting a few every week. Then the calls and emails began: When can we vote? When does it start? The wait is over, sports fans. Voting is now open in the annual Times Media Best of Central Minnesota contest! This year, with the support of our key sponsor Liberty Bank Minnesota, we're asking you — and all of your friends and neighbors, so spread the word — to help decide the best flavors, experiences, experts and services in Central Minnesota.
For an editor, there are few events more exciting than the arrival of a new reporter in the newsroom. Each new person spreads the workload out a bit more manageably. And each additional journalist means we can tackle more of Central Minnesota's stories. But it goes well beyond the practical.
The first question popped up on our Facebook page back in March: "When is Best of Central Minnesota starting?" Ever since, those questions have multiplied as we planned the 13th year of our highly anticipated readers' choice awards. Now, it's time ... are you ready to fight for your favorites? It's time to roll out the support for the company that did right by you when your furnace went out during a blizzard. Or the place that always makes your haircut look just right.
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".