Obit Analysis

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By Alison Henderson

The obituary for Andy Rooney on the New York Times website has a standard New York Times style lead but placed the age in the second paragraph. The standard approach works, but an alternative lead could have fit based on the character of Andy Rooney.

The article relies largely on CBS News and quotes previously made by Rooney for sourcing. Other information is not sourced because the article focuses on facts and statements that were most likely made publicly during his career at CBS.

"He once concluded that 'it is possible to be dumb and be a college president,' but he acknowledged that 'most college students are not as smart as most college presidents," the obituary said.

This obituary differs from a resume because it focuses more on Rooney's character than his accomplishments.

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