A year or so into my time at The News-Gazette, sports writer Jeff Mezydlo left the paper to take a job in the Chicago area. In a farewell piece Mezydlo wrote online, he took the time to name the dozens and dozens of folks from area high schools and communities who helped him with his coverage and became friends and sources. I remember reading that and thinking how cool it was that he did that, and I figured one day, when or if I left The News-Gazette, I would do the same thing.
CHAMPAIGN — Since he started his sandwich-making enterprise in 1983 with a modest shop near the Eastern Illinois campus in Charleston, Jimmy John Liautaud has opened more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States. And within the next year or so, Jimmy John's is expected to open its first international franchise, setting up shop north of the border. "It's a no-brainer to go into Toronto," Liautaud said on Friday. "We'll be in Canada pretty soon.
On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer. — Many folks didn't think it was funny that the former White House press secretary was part of an Emmys skit on Sunday, particularly those who are believers in freedom of the press. — Reports indicate that Jay Z turned down the offer, but the NFL says no one has been offered the gig.
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".