When Memphians reflect on the historic connection this city has with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only one thing comes to mind. And that is his appearances in Memphis nearly 50 years ago in support of striking city sanitation workers — that ended with his assassination April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel. Few if any current residents know that King made at least two other well-publicized — and only slightly less controversial — visits to the city several years earlier.
On Dec. 14, with 17 days left in 2017, it was anyone’s guess as to what the top news story of the year would be in Memphis. For some, it was the grading scandal at Trezevant High School, which will likely spread elsewhere within Shelby County Schools. Others believed the top story was the ongoing political feud between Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and members of the county commission, Heidi Shafer in particular.
As I sat at my desk one Thursday afternoon in 2009, reviewing letters to the editor and opinion columns to run the next day in The Commercial Appeal, my phone rang. “I’m calling to let you know that I am about to walk down the hall and announce the veto of the guns-in-bars bill,” then-Gov. Phil Bredesen told me. I was the paper’s editorial page editor, and we had strongly editorialized against what we considered a dangerous and unnecessary expansion of gun rights in Tennessee.
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".