First let me start out by saying I haven't really done anything with software like WordPress since ... ~MoveableType 2.63.
What I used to do in that software when making a simple site that was easy to upkeep (eg I didn't really have a lot of time to spend coding, but wanted some parts to be blog oriented) is to make a template page (it used the style and created a physical page accessible to my blog's infrastructure) where I could access archive posts, sort by category, etc.
I searched WordPress.org and the internet for about 5 hours yesterday and 1) learned the difference between pages and "archives" and 2) am still completely confused about how to do what in my mind, should be possible.
I have three bloggers, as well as 2 news sections on my site. I want each of these to have their own "page" (eg I get it to show up in my navigation bar created by my style and use the templating system already in place).
I was going to do this using categories to filter posts and then just do a query for the post through the template php page asking for all posts in category X specified through the URL.
The indication I've generally got through my search is that this isn't possible. If I'm wrong, please correct, slap me, and show me how to do it (please). :) If I have understood correctly, does anybody have a suggestion on how I should implement this?