11-year-old: ‘Every person has a story and you just have to ask’

Eli Boardman

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.

* CBC “As It Happens” (the segment starts at 17:00)
* 11-year-old publishes 200th issue of community newspaper



  1. Unfortunately, Monolithic Media, Inc. just acquired the Boardman Camera and immediately laid off Eli. They’re going to assign his stories to a network of unpaid bloggers, who have been instructed to write short and focus mostly on writing SEO headlines and tags, thus next issue’s central interview with the girl from that reality show who just did something scandalous and doesn’t feel the least bit sorry about it. Enjoy!

  2. wubbly said:

    When I was his age, I was throwing newspapers for money. Little did I know then I could have been writing for them. Just demonstrates where the market clearing wage is with respect to experience, credentials and intellect.

  3. I think the kid’s heroic, wubbly. Holy cow. Whatever his skills might be right now, check out the creativity and resilience on him. The ability to dream something, make it real and stick with it long after an ordinary kid — hell, an ordinary ADULT — would have lost their patience and moved onto video games or whatever. If real journalism has a future in this country, Eli is what it looks like now. He may move on to something, anything else. But if we can’t love this guy then we don’t deserve to survive.