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Former regional managing editor for my work at the Guelph Mercury Tribune until he departed Metroland in April 2020.
To whom it may concern,
When Humber Journalism student Eli Ridder offered to write for the Guelph Mercury Tribune on a volunteer basis during our early coverage of COVID-19’s impact on the community, our small newspaper’s staff was just getting used to the idea of working from home.
We were also grappling with the financial impact of the lockdown, which was just beginning to devastate our already fragile print advertising revenue. Directives to limit discretionary spending were immediate, leaving our small newsroom at a significant disadvantage.
Needless to say, Eli’s efforts were welcome during this difficulty adjustment, as was the encouragement of Humber faculty to allow anything Eli wrote as a volunteer count toward his program.
Our news team and I were impressed and delighted with this young reporter’s abilities.
As an astute and insightful observer of his community, Eli’s story pitches were reliably compelling and his approach was thoughtful and professional. Eli’s stories were well structured and sources relevant. He tirelessly sought to provide balance for his stories as the lockdown made that effort increasingly difficult.
Eli is obviously as passionate about the craft of journalism as he is about his community.
I am confident he will excel in any role that comes his way.
Former managing editor, Guelph Mercury Tribune
Former Toronto Star features reporter and is a professor of mine at Humber College.
My name is Jim Coyle. I spent 39 years in journalism with The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen and Toronto Star before retiring in 2018. I currently teach reporting at Humber College.
I have no hesitation in telling you that Eli Ridder is among the most promising young journalists I have taught.
He has the two essential elements needed to succeed. He is eager to learn and willing to practice. More than most students, he is an idea machine and a self-starter who thinks critically and is able to work independently.
Fifty years ago, he probably would have been one of that old-school generation who joined a newsroom as a 15-year-old copy boy and ended up running the place.
This year, I have been particularly impressed by work he did for Humber News at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention and also his reporting on the coronavirus pandemic for the Guelph Mercury Tribune.
If a news editor happened to call me and say a student reporter was needed for a day to help out in an emergency, I would send Eli. He is the most newsroom-ready student I have taught.
I am confident that Mr. Ridder has a bright future and would be an asset to any media outlet.