Skip to comments.Study: Newspaper obits face online competition (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 12/09/2009 12:36:03 PM PST by abb
The Internet's already drawn plenty of business away from newspapers.
But a new study says social networks and online memorials are now putting pressure on the institution of the newspaper obituary.
The Northwestern University study says newspapers are still the most popular way to communicate news of a death.
But study co-author Ian Monroe warns obituaries could move onto the Web as classified ads have done.
The study notes that Baby Boomers are at a stage where they take a greater interest in obituaries.
And so the study recommends that newspaper publishers avoid reducing space or staff devoted to obituaries. It also says newspapers should get in the habit of linking obituaries that appear on their own sites to social networks.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
It seems a bad idea to put information on deceased loved ones on the internet where it’d be easier for identity thieves to access them.
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I’m almost 60 and I check them out regularly.
Those obit hacks at my hometown paper badly botched my mother’s obit.
I’ll never forgive them for that.
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Sorry to hear about that.
When my wife's parents and my Father died, we had to write their obits and pay for it to go into the paper.
When half the names you ask about at your high school reunion are answered with, "Oh, they passed away."
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I am 65 and I have figured out the vital statistics version of life. First you check the marriage announcements to find out which of your friends are getting married. After a while you start checking the birth announcements to see which of your friends have had a baby. A little farther along you start checking the legal notices to see which of your friends are getting a divorce. Finally you start reading the obituaries to see which of your friends you have outlived.
I wrote my Dad’s obit, too. Used to, newspapers ran them for free. It’s fitting that the loss of the business is helping kill newspapers.
When our local Gannetoid rag folds, I’ll write their obit, too.
The one good thing about this, abb, is that the newspapers can depend on you to run their obituary :-)
I think Legacy.com is one of the larger sites.
At this stage the rags need to concern themselves with just one obituary: Their own. LOL
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The local Gannett rag - The (Monroe, LA) News-Star - on Monday morning is, when rolled up to throw, about as big as one’s thumb.
It’s getting so bad the crossword looks like the featured article. ;-)