It’s been a big week for Boardman Camera editor/publisher Eli Boardman. The 11-year-old boy was profiled in the Boulder Daily Camera, then was a guest on Wednesday’s “As It Happens.” Here’s an excerpt from that CBC radio show:
SHOW HOST: Other kids have started newspapers before and they’ll do one, maybe two issues and then they give up. You’ve been doing this now for years — several years — and you now have 200 editions. Why did you keep going?
ELI BOARDMAN: It was fun, and I learned lot of things – I learned a lot of things I never knew about. I meet a lot of new people, and I think a lot of people would be disappointed if I stopped. I have a circulation of well over 160, I think.
HOST: You’ve got 200 issues so far. What are your plans?
ELI: I think I’ll keep going. It’s been fun. I probably won’t pursue it as a career or anything, but it’s been fun. I’ll probably keep it as a hobby for a while at least.
HOST: As a fellow journalist, I’m curious as to why you wouldn’t want to be in our profession.
ELI: Oh, I don’t know. It’s been fun, but it’s been hard and there’s some other things — I might want to be a photographer or a veterinarian.
HOST: Do you have any advice for anyone who might be listening to this that might want to start their own community newspaper?
ELI: Go ahead and start it. It’s really fun. It’s hard and — I’d say the hardest part is finding out article ideas and actually writing the articles, but it’s really fun. One of the tips for getting a story is: Every person has a story and you just have to ask.
HOST: You are so right, Eli. Thank you.