I’d like to send a personal note of support to the family of injured Fortuna football player Bailey Foley, and to the young man himself. During a game last month in Santa Rosa, the 17-year-old athlete suffered seizures and a stroke caused by a hematoma — bleeding on the brain. Doctors had to remove a piece of Bailey’s skull in order to relieve the pressure on his brain.
Lately, our reporters keep running into spokesfolk for state and federal agencies who are more than happy to answer questions, but don’t want to be named in print. You’re right, the story’s not about you. But you’re on the public payroll. You took the money. You’re not a whistleblower. You’re a flack who gets paid to talk to hacks like me. Own it. You’ve got a story to tell, we’re looking for stories to share. Many questions arise when one spots an unnamed government spokesfolk in a story.
There are times when we’re accused of printing fake news. “Fake news” these days can be shorthand for “news I don’t agree with,” or “news I’d rather not see,” and aside from asking if there’s anything we should be reporting on instead, or inviting folks to write a letter to the editor, I get stumped. I read plenty of news that puts a frown on my face every day, but I’m frowning because it’s nonfiction. But sometimes people aren’t being cute. Sometimes we get accused of just making things up.
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".