A push to have robots mark English tasks in NAPLAN testing has come under attack, with a prominent US academic calling for a halt to the plans, claiming there are major flaws. From next year, NAPLAN persuasive writing tasks will be marked by an automated essay scoring system. They will be double-marked by a teacher. It is part of a plan to introduce fully automated marking and testing by 2020.
For the 12 years it took for Dragan Vasiljkovic to be found guilty of war crimes, one image haunted me. It was the face of German foreign correspondent Egon Scotland. Scotland was on duty reporting for Germany's pre-eminent daily newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, during the first ominous months of the Balkans conflict in 1991. On the night of July 26, 1991, as he sat in a car clearly labelled "Press", he was shot in the abdomen by a bullet from commander Vasiljkovic's paramilitary troops.
Serious questions are being asked about the way refugee cases are considered after a tribunal was found to have adopted a "cut-and-paste" approach to its rulings. An Afghan Hazara asylum seeker who took his case to the Federal Court has exposed the practice, which lawyers discovered had occurred on several occasions.
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".