Ask the Recruiter column has been a privilege

This is my last Ask the Recruiter column for Poynter.

I still will host our Tuesday career chats with people who are remaking journalism jobs, and I plan to write occasional posts for Poynter, but the regular column ends today.

It has been a privilege to be in this place and I am grateful to be here. The affiliation with Poynter has been great, my editors at Poynter Online are smart and patient and have challenged me continuously to improve Ask the Recruiter.

The greatest privilege has been to hear from so many other journalists who have questions about their careers. To be trusted with such important matters and decisions is an indescribable honor. I always felt that the best parts of anything posted here were the parts written by you. Thank you for trusting me and for teaching me so much of what I know about what goes on in all kinds of newsrooms and situations.

While this column is leaving, I look forward to a continued association with Poynter and I will, of course, continue writing about our careers in other places.

Ask the Recruiter came out of the JobsPage, a website I launched in 1997 when I was recruiting for the Detroit Free Press. That spun off a Q&A blog in 2003, and the blog became part of Poynter Online in 2006. What a very different world journalism is today than when Ask the Recruiter started five years ago, almost to this very day.

But it’s time for more changes:

At the end of my “Ask the Recruiter” columns, I customarily ask you to send me your career questions. I’ll do that one last time, and ask you to email me if you’d just like to stay in touch or hear about where to find me. I have a few other things in the works. My email is joe.grimm at You can follow me on Twitter @jobspage.

Thanks for everything. You have made this a real privilege.

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  • Amylynn Richards

    Thank you so very much, for everything. Good luck in your endeavors.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll miss the “Ask” columns, which have been helpful as I’ve struggled with my newspaper downsizing. Glad to hear that your advice will be available elsewhere and that your participation in the Career Chats will continue. Best of luck going forward!

  • Jill Geisler

    Joe, I don’t know of a more caring and gifted career coach than you. You’ve been an honest broker of information and advice for journalists and others in the best and worst of times. Glad to see you will continue to engage people through Poynter chats. Keep on leading, my friend!