Joe Grimm teaches and works with student groups as a visiting journalist at Michigan State University's School of Journalism. He was newsroom recruiter and staff development editor at the Detroit Free Press from 1990 until August, 2008. During those years he also worked with corporate recruiting teams at Gannett and Knight Ridder. He has interviewed hundreds of people, reviewed thousands of job candidates on paper and recruited at hundreds of job fairs and college campus career days. In 1993, he established an annual jobs fair in Detroit.
In 1997, he launched the JobsPage, a journalism career site, at
www.jobspage.com. He spun off a journalism careers blog, "The NewsJobsCafe" in 2003. It became part of Poynter Online's Career Center in 2006 as "Ask the Recruiter". He has been a regular contributor to Editor & Publisher magazine, the Newspaper Association of America's Fusion magazine and UNITY: Journalists of Color.
Grimm published two books in 2007. "Breaking In" is a guide to landing and acing newspaper internships; "Bringing the News" is a collection of 100-year-old postcard images of newspaper hawkers.
Grimm created "100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans" in 2000. He posted that guide the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and it became a timely and heavily trafficked publication.
Grimm joined the Free Press in 1983 and has been a copy editor, news editor, front-page designer, weekend editor and ombudsman. He began his newspaper career at the Oakland Press where he was a copy editor, wire editor, copy desk chief, page-one designer, regional editor and associate editor. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and a teaching certificate from the University of Michigan.
He has been an adjunct professor at Oakland University since about 1980. He has taught media editing, copy editing, basic reporting, editorial writing and photojournalism.
Grimm is also an armchair historian. He co-authored "Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors," which was the Center for Great Lakes Culture's 2003 non-fiction book of the year. A companion book, "Songquest," came out in June, 2005. His compilation "Michigan Voices: Our State's History in the Words of the People Who lived It," has been through several printings since first being published in 1987.
Joe and his wife, Debbie, have two grown sons, Dan and Steve.