Blog On Obits
Sometimes, an obituary is almost unreadable because it seems someone as great as the person in print could never die. Arthur Kornburg, a Nobel Prize winning biochemist, and the father of a Nobel Prize winning biochemist, died at the age of 89. It is incredible, that just the facts about this outstanding individual make this obituary come alive, while still laid out in the original NYTimes style.
Obituaries prove the basic points of newsworthiness. The facts are the only thing that atracts a reader, since there is always a basic style. No flair needed. The news is the person, and it works.