Asaf Ronel is the World News Editor at Haaretz.
WHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL/MEDIA PUBLISHING?
Coincidence. I was looking for a job after I was tired of being a waiter and heard Haaretz is looking for a translator from Spanish & English. I learned Spanish in the university, I thought I should try. I was hired, and 11 and a half years later I’m still in Haaretz for a different position.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I’m connected almost constantly in my waking hours. I spend few hours a day in the office, but I’m following current events on my phone the whole day.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK SETUP LOOK LIKE? (YOUR APPS, PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS, ETC.)
My main source of news is notifications from the news wires I get to my mailbox. I follow breaking news mainly on Twitter.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INSPIRED?
Browse on Twitter looking for interesting things interesting people say. Read op-eds.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?
Sic transit gloria mundi, which means “Thus passes the glory of the world.” — it helps keep things in perspective.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING/INNOVATIVE THING YOU HAVE SEEN ON ANOTHER OUTLET OTHER THAN YOUR OWN?
I can’t think of anything at the moment.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT YOU’RE PASSIONATELY TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?
Not directly related to my job — life as a person with a conscience in the Israeli repressive regime.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE JUST STARTING OUT?
Like it or not, our age is the age of provocation.