Media Analysis on Obituaries
The New York Times featured an obituary for Natasha Richardson, a well-known actress who died last week. The lead in her obit was just like the formula for leads we wrote in lab. It started with her full name, a reason why she was known, when and where she died. However, it was not followed up with a She was XX age, the first paragraph also explained how she died, her age, and where she lived. Sources in her obit included a spokesman for her husband, also a famous actor, a spokeswoman from the resort where the accident that lead to her death took place, references to her works, past interviews with her, references to articles about her in the Times, and her grandfather. The set up of the obit is in pretty much the same order as the ones we wrote, with the lead, the cause of death, her achievements, and the chronology. However the survived by part is stuck in the middle and the article ends with a quote from her grandfather. Its different than a resume because it goes into more detail about her life and is not written like a list.