This weekend I helped lead a workshop in Milwaukee as part of the 25th anniversary of the SHARE Foundation. The subject of the workshop was staying abreast of current events in El Salvador, and I promised the group that I would write a post about how I get the information I share in the blog.
First, if you read Spanish, all the major daily Salvadoran newspapers are available online, and most of them have recently updated their websites. Those papers are:
Tips -- (1) Sign up for the daily e-mail news alert from La Prensa Grafica to get a basic listing of the day's stories. (2) All the papers except El Mundo have "RSS" feeds if you use a newsreader. (3) All the papers make available in PDF form the complete version of the paper complete with photos and advertisements.
Second, also requiring Spanish, are three sites of news and analysis which provide information weekly:
El Faro has some of the best journalism coming out of El Salvador. Sign up for its weekly e-mail news alert.
Third, for English language news about El Salvador (other than this blog), learn to use the news search features of either Yahoo! or Google. (Yahoo! news search is at this link, and Google is at this one). Search for El Salvador in the news on either site and you will get a list of news stories in the English language press around the world which mention El Salvador. Sort the results by date with the most recent stories first. On either site you can set up a news alert which will e-mail you daily a listing of the top stories which mention El Salvador.
Fourth, check out the websites of North American solidarity groups which may feature news about El Salvador to keep their friends and supporters informed. Some of the good sites for this are:
- SHARE Foundation
- Christians for Peace in El Salvador
- Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad
- Voices on the Border
- Sister Cities
- Foundation for Self Sufficiency in Central America
Tip: most of these groups have electronic newsletters to which you can subscribe.
Fifth, read the blogs of Salvadorans. There are too many to list here. One of the first, and still one of the best, is run by my friends at the Hunnapuh blog. Look in the right hand column at Hunnapuh, and you will find a listing of many more Salvadoran blogs. These blogs are all written in Spanish, but one blog in English which regularly provides news from El Salvador is the blog of Chuck Stewart.
Finally, develop a network of friends and contacts in El Salvador who are happy to point you to interesting news and information and to correct you when you make a mistake.
(Felicidades a SHARE por 25 años!)