MacKenzie Elmer, public safety reporter, has been with The Des Moines Register since July 2014. MacKenzie has a passion for investigative news and speaks fluent Spanish. Tips? Reach her at email@example.com, on Twitter at @mckelmer or by phone at 515-284-8088.
Windsor Heights has pledged to be a "welcoming city" to all people, regardless of race, religion or immigration status. City leaders approved a resolution in July declaring, among other things, that Windsor Heights police won't "inquire into the immigration or citizenship status of any individual or collect information on behalf of federal immigration authorities" except in specific instances. Communities across the country have taken similar stances.
A work contract for the director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was pulled from consideration this week after members of the group's executive committee raised concerns with portions of the agreement. Todd Ashby has worked for the regional transportation agency for six years, but this is the first time the group's leadership has considered a contract including a severance clause. It would provide Ashby with six months' salary if his contract were terminated.
A candidate for Des Moines City Council is raising concerns about a phone survey conducted by one of his opponents. Michael Kiernan said several people have contacted him in the last week about calls they received from a research group paid for by Josh Mandelbaum's campaign. A push poll is a marketing technique sometimes used by political campaigns in an attempt to sway voters through manipulative questions.
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".