JPG or PNG - which should I use?

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As a photographer, jpgs are my "go to" image distribution format.  I have been saving and editing my Snagit captures as jpgs since many of my communications are via photographic web sites that only allow jpg images.  

However, due to  some technical problems I had with Snagit, I was using Jing for a while (I got Snagit back, and am happy).  However, I notice that Jing sort of 'prefers' to save in the png format.  It's a tad bit more difficult to save a jpg in Jing, than it is in Snagit.

So my question is, is there some workflow or technical reason for this png preference?  SHOULD I be working in png for some reason and convert to jpg as needed?  FWIW, I have recently purchased Camtasia 9 and am starting to create video tutorials.
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Hello all!

We have a couple blog posts dedicated to this exact issue!
https://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/jpg-vs-png/
and
https://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/understanding-image-file-formats/

tl;dr
There are tradeoffs with file size, processing time, and transparency. But we lean toward PNG for the image clarity and transparency. Especially when dealing with screen text. It can get tough to read when compressed in a "lossy" manner.