Every so often, I’ll look online to see if there are any interesting holidays or observances coming up. Over the years, I’ve come across some really interesting ones, some that are terrific ideas, and some that just leave me perplexed as to why they exist.Today, Sept. 17, is home to an interesting mix.It’s Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, which recognizes the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution.
If you see Randy Hoeft, be sure to tell him congratulations, as he’s celebrating 35 years with the Yuma Sun today!He’s worn a variety of hats here, designing pages, covering sports, shooting photos, writing stories and more. Imagine the patience it takes to shoot a photo of a hummingbird getting a cool drink from a flower, or to photograph a clutch play on the football field. And yet Randy delivers such images to our readers, over and over again.
If a disaster such as a hurricane struck, what would you take with you?I saw the question posted online this week somewhere on social media, and it got me thinking.The odds of a hurricane striking Yuma are fairly small, although remnants and tropical storms have battered our city more than once. We’re more likely to be hit by an earthquake, which doesn’t offer one the planning and packing time that a hurricane might afford an individual. But still, it’s an interesting question.
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".