Jim Poling’s business is news.
Poling, a “child of Canada,” has lived all over the country, but for almost three decades has called Hamilton home.
“Hamilton provides lots of opportunities and it’s a good news town,” he says. “The city allows people to be ambitious.”
Poling’s journalism career began in 1986. Since then he has worked as a reporter on Parliament Hill, at Queen’s Park and at City Hall.
Since 2005 he has been managing editor at the Spectator where he oversees a team of reporters and editors.
He says he is a Swiss Army Knife of media, “if there is a role to be done, I’ve done it… except photography.”
His work as a reporter and editor includes several national and international award-winning stories including the acclaimed Code Red series and work with journalists from other countries.
His proudest accomplishment is the innovative Internationally Trained Journalists Project, aimed at broadening diversity at the newspaper and creating training and recruitment potential with the industry. He was awarded the Vox Libera Press Freedom Award in 2008 for mentoring and giving voice to internationally trained journalists.
Poling is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism and his dissertation will examine the use of anonymous sources by Canadian newspapers. Poling told Hamilton Media Guild that it includes ‘lots of reading’ and constructing a concrete analysis of four major Canadian newspapers.
His motivation for the degree? “We demand transparency and we should be accountable ourselves as an industry.”
The ‘journalist’s journalist’ blogs about media issues, news coverage and provides commentary on the News Room Insider.
Outside of the world of journalism, Poling is a proud father, a “fantastic” hockey player, and a “frustrated” watercolour artist.