It was a few years ago at a council-staged summer event that I first heard about the idea of a youth zone in the borough. Plans for the £6million centre were bold, innovative and inclusive. And the enthusiasm from those I talked to about the plan was quite something. Fast-forward a few years and that energetic discussion with the council leader and representatives from Onside Youth Zone is now becoming a reality. Work on the development in Parsloes Park will begin soon and it’s great news.
I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering families of Stephen Port victims’ continue to go through every day. The gay serial killer from Barking preyed on vulnerable young men, murdered them and in some cases fabricated the circumstances surrounding their deaths. But Stephen Port, eventually, faced justice and has been sentenced to a whole-life prison term. And let’s be clear, the only way Port should leave prison is in a coffin. But the story does not end there.
The launch of the borough’s first ever Festival of Every One allowed residents - young and old - to celebrate the borough. The council’s partnership with Participatory City aims to instil a sense of pride in the community and raise aspirations for residents. It was an opportunity to show off the often not seen parts of the borough and the multitude of events and activities available to all. I first heard about this groundbreaking project more than a year ago when I met with cllr Saima Ashraf.
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".