Newspaper association head doesn’t like talking to reporters
Telegram reporter Daniel MacEachern asked Ossie Sheddy, president of the board of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, whether the association is looking into accusations of serial plagiarism that caused AWNA board member Steve Jeffrey to resign from the paper he owns Tuesday.
“I don’t give quotes for fear of being misquoted,” he said. When pressed by The Telegram about why the president of the association wouldn’t say if it plans to investigate — and whether his refusal to be interviewed suggests a lack of confidence in newspaper reporting — Sheddy, the editor and publisher of the Drumheller Mail, said, “I’m not saying anything more because of what I had just told you. I can’t say anything about newspaper reporting or confidence in it. I can only say I have confidence in my newspaper reporting, not about anybody else’s.”