We're one step closer to determining our winners for the Naughty or Nice Cookie Challenge, presented by the Honest Weight Food Co-op and the Times Union. Last week, we hosted the digital vote for our contest, in which photos and descriptions of our six semifinalist cookie recipes were posted on the Times Union Facebook page. We encouraged readers and cookie fans to like the image of the photos that made them want to get into their own kitchens and whip up a few batches.
What better way to illustrate the holidays than with some illustrations? We want to see the area's children share their visions of the holidays, so we can share them with you. Capital Region students in kindergarten through grade 12 can enter our annual Holiday Card Contest. Winners from each grade will be published in the Times Union and online, with one grand prize winner's image to be front and center on the Times Union's front page on Christmas Day.
It's hard work, but someone had to do it. We received cookie recipes from all over the sweet spectrum for our Naughty or Nice Cookie Challenge presented by the Honest Weight Food Co-op and the Times Union. Judges from both the co-op and the TU pored over recipes. Fierce battles over butter, the dairy and the peanut kind, ensued. But we're happy to have come down to this year's six semifinalists.
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".