We are standing on top of a 10-foot mulch pile when Dani Mouawad pulls a steel rod from the shredded wood. Feel it, he says I grip the metal just lightly enough to feel the heat and let go. The decaying wood will help heat the Ecoheal Center, a 12-sided building beside Mouawad’s home outside Chapel Hill. (Disclosure: I live in the same neighborhood, Heartwood, but had not met Mouawad before last week.)
A plan to turn the Chelsea Theater into a nonprofit and keep the arthouse movie theater in business has shifted into high gear. A meeting to publicly share the plan drew a standing-room-only crowd Sunday to Flyleaf Books. Nearly 150 people filled the room and stood in the back and along the side walls.
What is news? When I ask that question, I sometimes get “News is something that happened.” And it is. We’re pretty good at telling you how the city council voted Monday night or, at least online, who won the game. We’re less good at telling you what is happening. Covering a story while it’s still going on, in time for you to make a difference. That stops now. Because now, more than ever, we recognize that you, the readers, are an essential part of shaping the story.
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".