Analysis: News Obituaries

The New York Times posted an obituary for Artie WIlson. It uses the standard obituary lead, noting the name of the person, a notable characteristic, where and when he died, and how old he was.

The rest of the obituary also follows the classic obituary format, following the lead with the claim to fame section and the chronology section.

The only attributed source in the article is Wilson's wife Dorothy. She is attributed in the second paragraph where the cause of death is announce, and she is quoted at the end of the article. The rest of the article is full of information that is easily verified and therefore doesn't need to be attributed.

The obituary differs from a resume because it is much more than a simple list of accomplishments. Anecdotes are used to create a snapshot of the person's life and attitude. It is much more personal.

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