To be a good journalist you have to read a lot and be on the social media.
When I enter in a news site, the first thing I read is the breaking news, then the international news and then I usually read the links with international terrorism, North Korea, etc. I’m monitoring North Korea situation right now because I find it very interesting. I think it’s important to know what’s happening at home and it’s too easy to find it thanks to the Internet, so I read everyday news from my hometown. In any case, for me, El País is the best news site, better than The New York Times, because of the immediacy of its news, its clear and clean design and the quality of the texts.
I usually use Google to find news but sometimes I use Tor Browser because I think that it protects better my privacy. When I consume news I always watch the video first if there’s one and then I read the text to get more detailed information. I don’t usually interact with graphics because they are boring, but it depends on the graphic. I think that multimedia format (videos and pictures) is the best one because it’s entertaining and sometimes you need to see an image to realize what is happening. I have to say that I’ve never interacted with the news by posting comments but I’ve emailed two or three reporters of news sites to get more information about topics, but just for university projects.
If we talk about social networks, for me, Facebook is not just a social media, it’s a source of news because there you can follow news sites pages and be informed about the latest news or even in life. I don’t use Twitter very often because in Spain is an old-fashioned thing. We use Instagram stories. Also, I usually read fashion and travel blogs, like those of influencers and Paco Nadal’s blog (journalist of El País).
I always try to make sure that the news I’m reading is accurate. First of all, I look where the information comes from, for example, a news site like The New York Times or El País are more reliable than one of a small village in the countryside because they don’t have the means to test the information. Several months ago something unthinkable occurred in Spain. One of the most prestigious journalists in the country made the biggest mistake of journalism, published a rather serious news in the media without having contrasted it enough before. After many investigations, it was discovered that everything was a lie and caused a lot of upheaval throughout the country. You have to be careful with the information that you publish.