Newspaper association head doesn’t like talking to reporters

The Telegram

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.”

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com 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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