[Fsf-friends] Tools for Journalist

V. Sasi Kumar sasi.fsf@gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 02:03:12 IST 2005

On Sat, 2005-09-03 at 19:26 -0400, Harish Narayanan wrote:
> Manilal K M wrote:
> >    Is there any specialised tools in GNU/Linux for use of
> >Journalists(Newspaper)? I think scribus is one of them.If there are
> >any more tools please provide info about it. GUI based tools are
> >prefered. also let me know that whether they are used in the industry.
> >
> It's not inherently GUI based, but LaTeX [http://www.latex-project.org/] 
> should cover all publication requirements. There are also programs like 
> LyX [http://www.lyx.org/] and TeXmacs [http://www.texmacs.org/] which 
> act as front ends and have a GUI.

LaTeX is not really suited for newspaper typesetting. As the project
page says: LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system, with features
designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation.

If the newspaper publishing industry is intended, then they could use
many tools, inlcuding photo-editing (Gimp), vector graphics (Inkscape),
typesetting (Scribus), email and so on. Journalists themselves would
need tools like wordprocessors, spreadsheets, email, contact management
and task scheduling (evolution, kontact), etc. Simple things like
stickynotes/knotes could be very useful as reminders. Of course, photo
journalists could use Gimp, and cartoonists may be able to use ktoon or

V. Sasi Kumar <sasi.fsf@gmail.com>
Free Software Foundation of India

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