There are several Japanese news sites out there on the net. NKH3, FNN, and ANN are three news websites I use on a day-to-day basis in this order. The reason is that NHK3 is the most easy to understand, and to speak and read along, while the reporter speaks. The FNN reporters speak a little faster, but still in a speed it is rather easy to speak along, and get what they are saying, without having to look anything up if it is just for listening and watching. The most difficult of the three is by far ANN. Their reporters are speaking incredibly fast, and I can’t speak along and read along, until I have watched the same spot for three or four times. Here is a comparison between the three, so you can see which is easiest to understand, and which you can follow best.
I always try to speak along as fast as I can, and as accurately and close to the source as possible, because this is native speed. All good and fine to be a little slower when talking about things, because I have to think before I speak, but the goal is to be able to speak at the speeds above. Nobody can expect it from me yet, but I do, and it should not take ages to get there. The nice thing with speaking is, it can be done while doing other things, like reading, and I guess even while writing, which is an interesting thought. Speaking and typing at the same time? Like dictating a message, and the time it takes to say something, should match the time it takes to type it. The faster I learn to speak without thinking too much, the faster I have to type, which certainly takes a good amount of practice. I really have to give this one a try.