If there’s one media journalist who keeps the rest of the media world on their toes, it’s Jim Romenesko. The guy somehow finds the latest, most vital news before anyone else does. So that collective sigh you just heard was the media world reading on The Huffington Post that Romenesko will “semi-retire” in January 2012, and move on from his Poynter post to a personal site, jimromenesko.com. He will stay on at Poynter part-time, and his media posts will cross publish there.
Romenesko says that he’s moving on because he wants to do less aggregation and more original reporting. He also remains humble about his impact on the media world.
“In the early 2000’s, I remember somebody saying I was the journalism community’s town crier,” said Romenesko. “Now with Twitter and Facebook, there are a million town criers out there.”
We’d wish him well, but it’s not needed. We just bookmarked his new site, and we suggest you do the same.