Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Technology, Work, and Email

Today I added the book The One-Life Solution: Reclaiming Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success to the technology section of the page for books on journalism.  The author, Dr. Henry Cloud, has written a number of other books, including Boundaries.

How does this relate to technology?  The book contains a thoughtful and sound chapter on the use and potential dangers of email.  Dr. Cloud is not encouraging his readers to disregard email; it is an essential part of our work and ministry.  However, it can create problems with a lack of boundaries.  He explains:

Remember the problem.  More people have access to you, and they have access to you whenever they want, just by hitting Send.  They can get to you, and they can get to you now.  This is not a bad thing in and of itself, as long as you can close the door and focus on your "meeting," at the times you need to.  The only problem with e-mail is that there is no door.  So, you have to create one (169).

In the rest of the chapter, Dr. Cloud outlines various ways we can create boundaries around our use of e-mail - when to check it, when to respond to messages, and when to turn it off.  As journalists and as those involved in ministry, it can be tempting ignore the need for boundaries in this area, but Dr. Cloud explains the dangers of doing so and offers some tools to help.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Technology in Work and in Life

Working as a journalist today certainly includes engaging with an array of technology, which can be intriguing, frustrating, exciting, and overwhelming, sometimes all at the same time!  With all of the recent changes in communications technology, journalism students would do well to reflect on their own relationship to the technology in their daily lives.

This was on my mind when I picked up The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart.  Maushart and her three teenagers gave up all screen technology inside their home for six months.  She had been frightened by the behavior of her children before the experiment, but she also had to deal with her own technology hangups. 

Maushart brings to her book much of the current research on technology use.  While some readers may find Maushart too irreverent or sarcastic, I found Maushart's sense of humor bringing a necessary levity to such a challenging scenario for her family.

I've added a new section for technology under the page "Books on Journalism," so as the journalism program continues to explore this aspect of our work, new titles will be added.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Technology Skills

As I have been working on adding a link for subscribing to our Mount Angel Seminary Journalism blog, I was reminded of this bit of advice from the blog The Technium:

You will be a newbie forever: Get good at beginner mode, learning new programs, asking dumb questions, making stupid mistakes, soliciting help, and helping others with what you learn (the best way to learn yourself).

This is a great reminder that part of life as a journalism student today is that willingness to try, fail, and try again with new formats and new technology.  It's also another way to learn patience and humility!