Kumar Ketkar’s election to the Rajya Sabha on a Congress ticket raises an old question: Should journalists switch to the ‘other side’ (see these articles by Rajdeep Sardesai and Sevanti Ninan). But even nearly 30 years ago when Kumar was my editor, he made no secret about his political views. Kumar came to journalism from the student union movement. “The Nehruvian position as an activist in the union movement appealed to me even before I became a journalist,” says Kumar.
When it comes down to it, perhaps the most enduring image by which we will remember the long march by 35,000 farmers is this: Feet. On the day that the farmers finally reached Mumbai, the culmination of a 180-km journey that began in Nashik town on March 6, social media was awash with pictures of feet. Mud-caked, cracked, bleeding, bandaged; people walking barefoot, people walking in chappals held together by string and even one woman walking with just a single chappal.
The big picture can be overwhelming. The data certainly is alarming. And from an individual point of view, a natural reaction could be, “But what can I do?”Patriarchy is a small word that washes over a range of problems, from maternal mortality to female illiteracy; the universalisation of #MeToo to the declining sex ratio.
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".