Jim Poling

Jim Poling is a senior editor at The Hamilton Spectator. His work includes implementing and managing the innovative Internationally-Trained Journalists Project, aimed at broadening diversity in the newspaper and creating training and recruitment potential within the industry. Outside the newsroom, he is chair of an advisory committee at Sheridan College responsible for the development of the Canadian Journalism for Internationally Trained Writers. Sheridan’s program is unique in Canada. The Sheridan program, developed in partnership with PEN Canada, is a ground-breaking academic program.

Jim has worked in almost every capacity in the newsroom. He’s worked as city editor, business editor, night city editor and Queen’s Park reporter. As a senior reporter at The Hamilton Spectator, he covered federal politics on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In the late 1990s he was the paper’s Queen’s Park reporter and stationed in Toronto to cover issues of provincial significance. In 2007 he was honored by the National Press Club of Canada as the runner up for the Press Freedom Award for his role in mentoring internationally-trained journalists. In 2004 he oversaw a team of reporters whose work earned a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting. He earned a journalism degree from Ryerson University in 1986.