You might expect the director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University to stay plugged in all the time. And you’re right.
“In my experience the moment you’re unplugged something happens,” says Emily Bell (@emilybell).
“I would recommend to journalists that they go off line, but only when they’re on holiday. Otherwise you’re immersed all the time. One of the hardest things that we have to cope with now is the fact that this is an immersive business and finding space for yourself between what’s happening all the time and thinking about things in a wider context is one of the hardest things we have to do.”
Below, a few more panelists and attendees spoke about whether they take a break from the digital world and how they like to unwind after long days staring at a screen.