Currently in my third year as Southeast Iowa Digital Content Editor for the Ottumwa Courier and four other CNHI papers located in the region. I cover politics, courts, weather, and just about anything breaking. I guide the Courier's online efforts with particular attention to social media.
Sirens get workout Sunday, more severe weather possible overnight
OTTUMWA — How does the closure of an Illinois company increase the amount of city-owned land in Ottumwa? It’s unusual.Let’s start with the company, Wareco Service, Inc. The company owns a plot of land adjacent to the John Deere Ottumwa Works. Deere, in turn, has maintained and mowed the grassy area for Wareco.Wareco is going out of business, which means their property would soon be in the hands of someone else. But this isn’t your normal site.
OTTUMWA — Gonzalo Rios faces an additional charge after prosecutors filed a new trial information in his sexual abuse case.Rios was originally charged with sexual abuse and burglary. The new charge adds witness tampering. He is accused of breaking into an apartment and forcing the apartment’s resident to have sex with him. Rios was originally charged in May in the 2016 case. The witness tampering charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.
OTTUMWA — The state has asked for a delay in the sentencing of an Ottumwa man convicted of murder earlier this month.Erik Davila was convicted in the March 2016 death of Hugo Hernandez. Prosecutors had sought a conviction on first degree murder, which would have meant an automatic life sentence for Davila.
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".