Always learning

I often tell people that one of the perks of being a reporter is learning something new pretty much every day.

I didn't learn about this in journalism school ...

Usually, I mean that I learn about interesting people, insider politics, neat things about plants and animals, how businesses run, how cops solve crimes — stuff like that.

In the past few years, I’ve been learning a lot about technology, though.

First it was shooting photos and processing them in Photoshop. Then came shooting videos and fooling around with several different editing programs.

Now I find myself fumbling around in PowerPoint; or, more accurately, the OpenOffice version of PowerPoint.

Somehow, I agreed to give a presentation on the Chesapeake Bay’s pollution woes for my newspaper’s public forum on Saturday, “The Bay at a Crossroads.”

I’m sure I said something like, “Of course I can write talk and give a PowerPoint presentation! I’m sure I can learn!”

I’m not sure what I was thinking that day …

It turns out, PowerPoint isn’t so bad. So far, I’m keeping it simple, mostly text and some graphics. No fancy fade-outs or silly effects. (At least not yet!)

You can see how well I scale this learning curve at 10 a.m. on Saturday. That’s when “The Bay at a Crossroads” forum kicks off.  The forum is free and it’s at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.

We’ve got a great panel assembled, and they’ve all got different views on how to rescue the Chesapeake Bay. I’m hoping to get some lively discussion going.

Oh, and I’m hoping this PowerPoint thing works, too.

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