Briggs; Journalism Next: Chapter 9

March 22, 2012

There is no such thing as information overload, only filter failure

In today’s world of technology it can be easy to get lost amongst the sea of information, emails, social media, etc.. The key to staying afloat is organizing your online life.

  1. first and foremost, organize your email account(s). Something as simple as logging into your email account to find dozens of unread emails can spur a spout of anxiety. Set up a folder system to organize your emails. Respond to those that can be dealt with immediately, and file those that need a little more time
  2. find the right productivity tools: Try storing your documents online a program like Google Docs, so that you can access your work from any computer.
  3. learn your keyboard shortcuts: Though it may seem very simple, this trick can save you time that could be better allocated to another task.
  4. create a doable to-do-list: group together tasks that need immediate attention and that can be easily completed so you can cross things off your list. Long-term goals should be grouped into their own list so that you’re not overwhelmed by a list of things that can’t be completed at the moment.

How does this pertain to Journalism?

Journalists have to filter through an endless array of information on a day-to-day basis. You can’t possibly organize and share information with others if you aren’t able to organize yourself and your time. In Journalism every second counts; to be first is everything. Who knows what important story you could fall behind on while busy trying to navigate your disorganized email account.


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