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December 15, 2005

Long-toothed journalists tackle Excel

Stephen Baker

Dead week begins today at BusinessWeek. A double issue went to press last night, and we have no issue next week. Lots of people take a week off. But a few of us are gathering today for a class on electronic spreadsheets.

There's a generation gap in journalism, and I'm betting it exists in lots of word-based professions. Young people master tools like Microsoft Excel. The older gang, more often than not, doesn't. These tools are necessary, not just to do analysis of companies and trends, but also to create editorial products: charts, graphs, reports. To date, those of us in big companies have relied on graphics staffs to handle that work. But increasingly, we'll be called upon to create the content ourselves, especially as we put more of our work online.

As I've written before, all of us in lots of professions will have to come up with the skills to run our own show--whether we keep it in house or not. So off I go to learn Excel.

06:30 AM

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Have you tried Num Sum?

For a blank, throwaway spreadsheet

http://www.numsum.com/scratch/new

It's pretty easy to use. There isn't a learning curve. I thought you might find this useful. You might learn Excel and find you don't use it or didn't need it. Good luck figuring it out. You might throwaway Excel if you like Num Sum.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 15, 2005 10:58 AM


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