I spent the day in Washington, D.C. at the Juggalo March and the Mother of All Rallies. Here’s what I learned. The tourists were coasting on their Segways. The local yuppies were out jogging, Fitbits strapped to their forearms documenting every stride. Members of the District of Columbia’s ever-prolific homeless population sat like tragic Buddhas on the sidewalk. It was, by all accounts, a typical Washington morning. A Saturday. The sun was shining and the grass was green on the National Mall.
Within the rusticated limestone and red brick walls of the former John Jay High School, a drama is playing out that encapsulates the escalating tension over racial segregation within the New York City school system. Four schools currently inhabit the century-old building that fills the block between Fourth and Fifth streets on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Three serve a majority Black and Latino student body, while a fourth, newer elite school caters largely to white students.
“I’m not a very photogenic person,” Omar El Akkad warned me after we’d finished breakfast. I suspected as much looking at the photograph of the journalist-turned-author on the jacket of his moving and uncannily relevant first novel, American War. Rightly or wrongly, we tend to want authors to give us something more of themselves, ungraspable in words, in their photographs — eyes and teeth that suggest expansive existential realms.
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".