The presidential election of 2016 left many Americans wondering if there was any way to bridge some deep cultural divides in this country. How could Mexican Americans, for example, find common ground with coal miners from Appalachia? Here in Virginia, Sandy Hausman discovered the sound of unity at this year’s Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax. As you drive south from Roanoke, the radio dial is increasingly short on options.
With cooler weather here in Virginia head into attics or caves where it’s cool enough to slow their metabolism for hibernation -- but warm enough to prevent freezing. In the spring they’ll emerge, looking for a hot spot, and some will find deluxe accommodations in special houses developed by a Virginia man. Sandy Hausman reports on those Bat BNBs. There are 15 different kinds of bats in this state, and they’re struggling to survive because of lost habitat and a deadly fungal disease.
Tired of waiting for the federal government or the Red Cross to step in, some Virginians are stepping up – doing what they can for the people of Puerto Rico. Sandy Hausman spoke with one of them and filed this report:Elizabeth Alvarez is a surgical trauma nurse at UVA. She grew up in Pennsylvania, but considers herself a native of Patillas, Puerto Rico – a town of 16,000 people who lived 90-minutes south of San Juan.
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".