How not to start an obituary

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How not to start an obituary

Postby kurt_w » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:32 pm

Good grief. What kind of idiot produced this obituary for Colleen McCullough?

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The newspaper that published that (The Australian) is pretty abysmal, so I guess we shouldn't have been surprised.

I did not know that she had worked as a neuroscientist before she was able to support herself as a writer, nor that she lived on the very remote Norfolk Island.

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Re: How not to start an obituary

Postby thebookpolice » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:47 pm

kurt_w wrote:Good grief. What kind of idiot produced this obituary for Colleen McCullough?

An unnamed and deceased one, if Crikey is to be believed.

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Re: How not to start an obituary

Postby kurt_w » Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:13 pm

The dead writing about the dead?

OK, so who among the living approved its publication? I assume the Oz still has living human beings somewhere in the production chain.

Eh. It was a rhetorical question anyway.

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Re: How not to start an obituary

Postby FJD » Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:03 pm

The Oz is explaining it as, they had a obit written a while back (by a guy who is now dead) and the news of her death came so close to it being time to go to press that they just threw it in without any review.

Which begs two questions:

1) They have obits written in anticipation of people dying? That's not creepy at all. Who decides when an obit should be created, just in case?

2) Why wouldn't someone look over these when they were created?

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Re: How not to start an obituary

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:15 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:They have obits written in anticipation of people dying?

That's common practice for many newspapers and other large media. Editing before publication is the key.

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Re: How not to start an obituary

Postby Bwis53 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:19 pm

Yeah, remember that Mary Tyler Moore show, where she had to rewrite all those famous obits?


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