Being a news photographer with The Times means I have a first hand view of some of the events that marked 2017 in the UK. This year my coverage was dominated by terrorist attacks, a general election, Brexit, the First World War anniversaries and the royals, including a royal engagement at the end of the year. All of these events have challenged me to capture the best possible picture and to push myself as I will only get one chance. This job is a privilege to do; I am, after all, recording history.
Britain's Prince Harry stands beneath a painting of himself and Prince William when they were Sandhurst cadets with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family, that hangs in the entrance to "Old college", during the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Sandhurst, England, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace announced Friday. (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP)
The best position to photograph budget day is from the press pen on the pavement directly opposite the door of No 11 Downing Street. Unfortunately, having to photograph someone within the space of a doorway makes the work area a very narrow confine in which to work, so imagine trying to cram 20 to 30 photographers into it, all of whom are eager to capture the best photograph of a politician raising the famous red box and then shuffling off to a nearby car.
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".