We’ve been extremely busy over the past few months, working with our colleagues in the digital department on our lovely new website, and at times it’s been quite a challenge! The process of building a website from scratch is, I’ve learned, highly complex, and on occasion I have found myself shaking my head in bewilderment as yet another highly technical discussion bounced round the room, leaving me far behind.
It started me thinking about how far technology has brought us in such a short time. When I started my journalistic career in the early 1990s, websites were a concept we hadn’t even dreamed of! I didn’t even have a telephone on my desk, never mind a computer.
The printing process, too, bears no relation to the days when the wonderful old press pictured here was in use. Modern printing plants are fully automated and rely on cutting-edge computerised technology to function.
But here’s the thing. No matter how many digital innovations we put in place to help us produce magazines, they’re all still made up of words and pictures, the same as they ever were. Some things, thankfully, never change.