The Golden Globes 2018 was one of the most extraordinary, most significant award shows in recent history – and it started with the black dresses. It started with one woman — stepping onto the red carpet in a black dress. Then another. And a third. Then they all came. And as the trickle became a flow, became a sea, that quietly, insistently, surged and ebbed along a scarlet path, my throat locked, my eyes burned.
‘What’s that, duck? Free? What’s your name? Terry. No? Oh, with an i? Terri what? White. OK. Edna! EDNA! It’s Terri with an i. White. Free school meals. Free!’ It was the ritual of mortification that marked every weekday, as my name was scrubbed off the list it needed to be on. I was a ‘free school meals kid’ or, as some of my schoolmates less charmingly called it, a ‘scrubber’. I knew what they saw, what I was: a poor kid from a council estate with a young single mum and an absent dad.
I found it on the second day of the six weeks that we lived in the invisible house – there in the cupboard under the telly, a book on UFOs, giving voice to those taken in the dead of night. Story after story, they spoke in the same unknowable language, of bright lights, cold metal and paralysing fear. I read it over and over, pausing only to tuck it, safely, under my arm, carrying it from room to room. At night, I lay with it beneath me, waiting for the men to come and break my body.
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".