Ray Ruiz, a 2015 Voices mentor and the executive director of El Gato Media Network, shared his experiences as a mentor to his undocumented journalism students in a Facebook post last week. Ray says he's had several student journalists who were undocumented. "Before DACA, my students had almost no options," he said in his post. "Their morale was in the dumps as you would expect, and their talents wasted to the detriment of the country." Ray says he never knows who is a DACA student at first glance.
Voices mentors were instantly drawn to this story idea during our pitch process. We had no idea what the reaction would be.In May, students Peregrine Frissell, Ala'a Ibrahim, Sheila Raghavendran and Avery Yang pitched this story with their editor, Ron Lin.Over the next three months, the team "tackled an ambitious investigation ... fueling our adrenaline each time we scored another morsel of information or fiery quote," Sheila Raghavendran said in a testimonial.
When I applied to Voices, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I would meet other Asian American journalists, people who worked in print and media, and do some networking. They are seasoned professionals whose work ranged from traditional reporting to data visualization. Not only did they help me with my own personal reporting by sharing their own storytelling practices, but they also shared why they chose to do this kind of work in the first place.
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".