Conference Season Is Here

Spring is always a crazy time of year. Last month, my wife and I caught whatever bug is going around and it threw a wrench into everything. There isn’t much fun or work to be accomplished when you’re bound to your bed, coughing and sputtering and getting absolutely no sleep.

Because this month will be a hectic one, I definitely hope that I’m not around anymore sick folks because I don’t need their germs to slow me down! I took one look at my calendar and said, “Wow!” April is bound to be just that busy, both professionally and personally.

SPJ Spring Conference 2011

This spring’s SPJ Spring Conference will provide valuable training to help journalists adapt to changes within the industry

For starters, the month begins with the SPJ Region 4 & 5 Spring Conference in Erlanger, Kentucky. This year’s focus will be on “Adapting to Change,” a topic that every media professional frets over. Technology changes so quickly it is sometimes hard to gauge which new gadget will take and which we need to invest our time and attention in. There’s just no way to learn or use them all. So I’m looking forward to a little advice and direction over the two days of the conference. It’s always a great way to learn new trade secrets, but is also a fun time to catch up with other friends, colleagues and past classmates who are in the biz.

The following weekend, I’ll catch up with more classmates and friends from my college days at the Delta Chi Fraternity Region 6 Leadership Conference. There I’ll brush up on my leadership skills through a variety of workshops and catch up with new brothers and alumni, so that should be fun.

Students at Silverton Paideia Academy

Students at Silverton Paideia Academy benefit from one-on-one intruction and mentoring from volunteer tutors.

Spring break is over for the kiddos in the community, so I’ll also be back at work at Silverton Paideia Academy tutoring fourth graders as I help them improve their language and reading skills. This is a fun job that I look forward to. The kids prove to be a bright spot in my day because they always help me see life from their enthusiastic, youthful perspective.

And then there is my own writing. When I’m not testing recipes for my cookbook, writing away on my novel, or creating Websites for clients, I’m blogging away over at Jathan & Heather. There you can read about everything from food and health, to family, entertainment and more. Check it out. Better yet, subscribe to our site and you’ll get updates delivered right to your inbox.

Whatever you may be doing this April, I hope you learn something useful that makes your life a little simpler, better organized, and helps you enjoy the warmer days ahead.


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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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