The Canadian public has been shocked and scandalized in recent weeks, following a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct within Concordia University’s creative writing department, and the subsequent suspension of two professors. An investigation into those claims is currently underway by an independent party, while a parallel discussion takes place about whether sexual relations between professors and students should be allowed at all.
During a recent cab ride, I told my elderly Pakistani driver that I liked the Bollywood music he was playing. He laughed and asked me where I was from. "Are you Arab? Moroccan?" he inquired. When I told him my ethnicity, he immediately switched to impeccable Greek and we proceeded to have the rest of our conversation in that language. He told me about working with Greeks in restaurants for years and his upcoming trip to Pakistan in March. He asked me what I did for a living and if I liked Montreal.
Award-winning Montreal novelist Heather O'Neill is sick to her stomach. She just finished reading a troubling essay about the goings on at the English department of a major Canadian university. It was "very triggering and upsetting," she says. She thought it perfectly mirrored her own experiences while a student. But it was also equally frustrating to see that people were reacting differently to long-standing allegations, now that a man had confirmed them.
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".