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Reinvigorate your obits page!

Life on the Death Beat

A Handbook for Obituary Writers

By By Alana Baranick, Jim Sheeler, and Stephen Mill

$16.95 • Trade Paper • ISBN 9781933338026

 Diversity & Public Affairs

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Obituary writing is more than a regular beat. The obit writer routinely explores the lives and worlds of a wide variety of people, from the famous to the infamous. And the writer isn't limited to writing a three-paragraph summary of a person's life followed by a list of survivors; obits these days can be long captions under photographs, front-page news stories, or 1,000-word feature articles about the deceased and the impact she had on the world. The variety of obits, and the challenge to the obit writer, is broader than ever.