Exactly sixty seven years ago today my great-uncle William died in the Creswell Colliery disaster - one of 80 victims trapped underground when a fire broke out. On Sunday after bumping into Labour veteran Dennis Skinner - MP for Bolsover - outside the conference hall he told me he was in the local hospital as the survivors were being brought in for treatment. Sadly William Orvice - then aged just 49 - wasn't among them.
For those thinking Brexit has been shunted out of this year's Conference, think again. A fringe meeting on "How We Handle Brexit" with speakers Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn, Chuka Umanna and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Keir Starmer was so popular that queuing began an hour before the event started. And many were unlucky enough to be locked out of the room because it was so packed. Standing room only.
Many of you will have woken up this morning to the news of a mass-organized movement among delegates to prevent a vote on Brexit. Not so. In fact many of the delegates around me, myself included, simply chose to focus on what matters directly to people in their constituencies. No one told them how to vote, least of all Momentum.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".