The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is mourning the death of its oldest member Mr Samuel Jocelyn Augustine Short, fondly called Sam Short who gracefully bowed out at the age of 85 years on January 10th 2009. The veteran journalist would be laid to rest today after a funeral service at the St. George’s Cathedral where he was an active member, and would be fondly missed by members of the church for his usual seating position at the back of the church. According to SLAJ President Umaru Fofana, “the late Sam Short was one of the most decorated Sierra Leonean journalists, having started his career at the tender age of 14 years as a writer for the Sierra Leone Daily Guardian”. He later went on to serve in a string of capacities including as Sub-Editor of Daily Comet in Nigeria, Assistant Editor of West African Pilot in Nigeria, Proprietor/Editor of The Sierra Leone Chronicle, Acting Editor of the Sierra Leone Daily Mail, Proprietor/Editor of The Observer and Editor of The Mirror newspapers. He also tried his hand in broadcasting when he hosted The World Review at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service.
Mr Short had an illustrious career as a foreign media correspondent. He reported for the London-based United Press International, the New York-based Associated Press.