Miami – Univision journalist Teresa Rodriguez tells Efe that the digital revolution has transformed journalism and the role that no longer just the reporter, but also the citizen, plays at the time the news is presented.
"Nowadays everything is immediate. At times, the news is reported at the same moment that it occurs because a citizen can capture the images with his cell phone and ... get them to the media," said the 11-time Emmy winner.
"Thanks to the social networks, today everyone has access to the news. Sometimes the citizen is the one who alerts reporters to what's occurring, or we learn of something that's happening on the other side of the world via Twitter. It's a type of instantaneous journalism," Rodriguez said.
The co-host of the weekly news magazine "Aqui y Ahora" and host of the weekly segment on the "Primer Plano" news show does not see this state of affairs as an obstacle for professional journalism but rather as a new tool that journalists need to learn how to use.
For Rodriguez, to the proverbial "nose for news" that the best reporters have must now be added the ability to handle the digital revolution.
"These days it's not enough to know how to write. You have to know how to edit, use a camera. The future is for the reporter who learns to handle the new technology," she added.
"As human beings, we have to reinvent ourselves. We're learning to handle this new form of communication and the protocol needs to be delineated, the ethics of the new media," she said.
Despite this, Rodriguez said that the basic pillars of clean and honest journalism remain the same.
"There are principles that never change, like never compromising your integrity. Knowing the subject. Having an eye for the truth. Questioning where the information comes from. Being honest," said Rodriguez, who has seen the development of journalism from the trenches.
In 1982, the Cuban-American reporter joined Univision as co-host of the national news and recalls the obstacles that confronted Hispanic reporters at the time in getting access to the news.
"At that time, the name of the network was Spanish International Network, and its initials, SIN, ... were unknown in the Anglo world. I remember that when I called the White House to ask for an interview with some politician they said, 'What is SIN?' Today, it's they who are calling us," she told Efe.
"I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to be (here) during historic times, both in the big events and in when I sit down with the parents of a soldier. You learn to be humble. And that no matter how different we are, we're all human," Rodriguez says.