If you ever lost a friend who wasn’t fully appreciated, read Jim Naughton’s A Death Notice for Obituaries? Or read it if you’ve ever read an obituary for someone you didn’t know, but after reading the obit wished you had (like I wish I had known Tom O’Meara). Or read it if you ever were touched by a well-crafted obituary of someone you knew.
Obituaries are important news stories. As Jim Sheeler, author of Obit, tweeted of Naughton’s piece:
I don’t want to belabor Naughton’s points because he made them better than I could. I appreciate that he quoted my blog post last July about LancasterOnline charging frequent readers of its obituaries (but no other online readers).
What I do want to say is that I later noted that news organizations and individual journalists face a great opportunity to develop a new business telling life stories about the recently departed (and the living).