After four weeks of protest, anti-government Venezuelans have settled in for a long standoff with President Nicolas Maduro. Commuters this week were greeted with barricades of garbage and mass sit-ins along major thoroughfares by protesters hoping to press their demand for early elections. Maduro is accused of eroding democracy and plunging the oil-rich economy into chaos; over the last year citizens have suffered from food shortages and a lack of basic services as crime rises.
From tensions rising between North Korea and the U.S., to historic power shifts in Turkey, this is the Week in Pictures. Fears of an all-out war between North Korea and the U.S. increased this week, as Washington responded to Pyongyang's sabre-rattling with some of its own. After Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on April 17, he headed to Japan to reassure the nation and offer some strong words for the isolated regime.
Not long after midnight on a hot summer day, the streets of South Sudan's capital city, Juba, rang with chants of "Freedom" and "South Sudan, oh yay!" On that day in July of 2011, South Sudan was on the cusp of new greatness.
There's a law in Montana that allows military personnel to get married even if they're unable to actually be there. So, of course, we sent two of our journalists to get married on behalf of a couple. 💍 https://t.co/H0xIkym17R
Dearly beloved, join us tomorrow for a very special @NBCLeftField report on proxy marriages. Who is getting them? Why are they doing them? And is there an open bar? Find out Tuesday morning! https://t.co/ymtBwD14FM
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".