Since 2012 the Thomson Reuters Foundation have set up an annual forum to take action against slavery and trafficking. Inviting delegates from across the world, NGOs, lawyers, government representatives, the media and activists all attend, and participate in panels, networking events and screenings. This year the conference spans over two days with a focus on human rights and modern slavery.
Fake news is by far one of the most prevailing topics of conversation over the last two years. Indeed, in 2016, Oxford Dictionaries 'post-truth' as the word of the year. Imagine that! So discussed was the distribution of fake information that it became word of the year. Although the existence of fake news is far from new - as we presented in our workshop - it has far greater reach now than at any other point in history. Furthermore, it is even easier for young people to access it.
Hosted by Joanna S Kao of the Financial Times and Adnan Aamir of Balochistan Voices, this MozFest session asks an important question - how do we make news accessible to everyone? It started with an excellent definition of accessibility, taken from Karen Stevens, Software Engineer and Accessibility lead of EA Sports. With readers demanding more content in more formats, the media needs to overcome issues of accessibility to ensure everyone remains included.
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".