how do you use contar regarding hearing about something
A Spanish teacher used "contar" when referring to a news story which he had more information about.
The verb "contar" can mean, among other things, "to tell, to relate, to mention or to narrate." In a discussion about a newspaper story item it is possible you were asked to tell or relate more or different information relating to the news item.
We could give a better answer if you could repeat the entire sentence that was used by your Spanish teacher. A fuller sentence would give the usage more context and help us to know what was said and what was meant.
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