For designing a non-profit, local newspaper we currently use Coreldraw for layout.
As this is definitely not the best choice we're looking for other possibilities, and think Adobe Indesign is a good choice.
We're still in the big learning process, but like to start asap with this new program.
What we need is a 'dummy' newspaper layout as a kick start, one that we can use directly.
We print 24, 32 or 40 pages on tabloid format, some of the pages are in BW, others are in FC. All pages but the front page have on top a page and title header with pagenumbers. The frontpage uses our logo and a title header, followed by a couple headlines. Some articles are spread over more pages (with a 'continued on page x' article ending.
We have articles with pictures and articles without pictures. We also have a couple standard size advertising sizes.
The newspaper is printed once a month/2/3 months on a small amount of copies, and spread locally. Despite that fact we would like to have it looking very professional.
Must be ready to use. We need a couple of article types (feature article/news/review/etc, medium/small/pagefillers, with/without picture(s), Black & White/Full Colour pages, etc).
You should know what type of articles are common in a newspaper environment.
Our graphical departement has one (1) Indonesian part time designer who can work with Coreldraw but has no big experience with (pre)press.
He's not a stupid person, but don't make it too difficult to understand.