There are times when I feel technically challenged and I often fear that this lack of comprehension of technology will hurt me if I ever want to return to a newsroom full-time. I’ve gotten spoiled to working as a freelance writer and editor – making my own hours, writing in my pajamas and working on the laptop from Panera when I need a break from sitting next to a basket of laundry that needs to be put away and a dishwasher that needs to be unloaded in the next room.
Then, I read Folio:’s commentary on MS Word falling out favor in the publishing world. It definitely makes me worry about how competitive I’ll be when I go back into the world of magazines and newspapers.
What other programs out there should I be looking for and learning about? What sorts of technology and programs do most publishing houses, magazines and even newspapers use these days?