Accused plagiarist Steve Jeffrey resigns from Anchor Weekly

Calgary Herald

A day after being accused of plagiarism, Steve Jeffrey has resigned as editor of Anchor Weekly, Jason Van Rassel reports. “I really don’t have any way to defend myself. I did use articles for inspiration, but thought that I had changed the content enough to comply,” Jeffrey said in an email to the Herald.

Over the past two days, Jeffrey's responses to accusations that he was a serial plagiarist have evolved. “I don’t write humor, and I don’t blog,” he told me when I spoke with him on the phone on Monday. “I write a ‘Lighthouse’ column, but ‘Lighthouse’ is about local politics.”

Tuesday, Telegram reporter Daniel MacEachern wrote that Jeffrey told him he hadn't plagiarized. "I certainly have used other writers as inspiration, but I would say that I have not plagiarized anything,” Jeffrey said.

Humor writer George Waters uncovered the plagiarism; he found that Jeffrey had used others' work in 42 of the last 52 issues, often just changing a few details.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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