I am from al Yarmouk camp, near Damascus. I am a Palestinian refugee who was living in Syria. My life was not easy. We were under siege. I came to Germany with a Palestinian passport - not exactly a passport - a travel document for Palestinian refugees in Syria. I came here around a year and a half ago. I now live in Wiesbaden [in southern Germany]. I was living in a refugee camp before and after I began working in Germany, I was able to rent a flat.
Ahmad*, a 28-year-old Syrian, came to Germany in 2014, shortly before tens of thousands of people fled from his country towards Europe. Since then, he has managed to learn German and use his skills from his bachelor's degree in communication in Homs toget a job as a counselor in Bonn's city administration. Like most other asylum seekers coming to Germany, Ahmad was soon overwhelmed with endless varieties of phone contracts and other offers from telemarketing companies.
"Making sense of a fast-paced humanitarian situation can be very challenging: there are multiple actors operating and situations can evolve rapidly. In order to get a comprehensive overview, one must browse several websites, skim through many reports and liaise with field experts on a daily basis," says Adrian Ciancio, project manager at ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA).
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".