My work as a business journalist and editor has involved exploring the interlinks between businesses, governments, societies and the human psyche to weave stories of varying textures through different strands of experiences.
Critically acclaimed scoops and investigative stories I have produced o...
“For the 5-day forced march, about 1,600 prisoners were each issued with a horse blanket, some tinned food and a piece of bread. It was snowing and the weather was cold and damp. […] The SS guards beat us across the head with truncheons. When they beat someone to death, we would bury them the next morning and strike their name from the list.
- Posting from Rostock, GermanyIn newsrooms, there is an unspoken understanding of a need to provide a unique spin to a story that is not a scoop, especially if said story is centered on news that many other media outlets are reporting. As a journalist-writer and editor, I swear by that approach. If I don’t have anything unique, insightful and newsworthy, I shouldn’t be there.And this “spin-based” approach holds true for fiction – especially where stories of love and humanity are concerned. Why?
- Posting from Rotterdam, The NederlandsA compelling narrative, whether in the form of a news article or a book, is a compendium of solidly constructed scenes, which strike a judicious balance between stark reality and dramatic tension. Often, achieving such a balance involves being part of those scenes yourself. In other words, going and checking it out for real.
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".