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Study: Newspaper obits face online competition (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Chcago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2009 | Staff

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; newspapers; obituaries
Folks are dying to get out of newspapers...
1 posted on 12/09/2009 12:36:06 PM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 12/09/2009 12:36:43 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

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.


3 posted on 12/09/2009 12:38:59 PM PST by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: abb
I'm past the age where I read the police report section to see what my friends did over the weekend, but not up to the age where I read the obituaries for that reason. At what age does someone start reading obituaries regularly?
4 posted on 12/09/2009 12:39:47 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: abb

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2009/12/obits.html
Report Warns Newspapers to Protect Obituary Franchise

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2009/12/daunting-reality-facing-newspapers.html
The daunting reality facing newspapers

http://www.minnpost.com/braublog/2009/12/09/14146/update_star_tribune_will_drop_some_associated_press_content_reopen_east_metro_bureau
Update: Star Tribune will drop some Associated Press content, reopen east metro bureau

http://sustainablejournalism.org/weblog/post/1608/
Rosen: News elites endangered as information sources expand

http://www.statebillnews.com/2009/12/gazette-following-others-lead-to-drop-capitol-presence-in-2010/
Gazette, Following Others’ Lead, To Drop Capitol Presence In 2010

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20091208/FREE/912089989#
Detroit News and Detroit Free Press plan furlough week to avoid layoffs


5 posted on 12/09/2009 12:41:35 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: KarlInOhio

I’m almost 60 and I check them out regularly.


6 posted on 12/09/2009 12:42:28 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Those obit hacks at my hometown paper badly botched my mother’s obit.

I’ll never forgive them for that.


7 posted on 12/09/2009 12:47:28 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: abb

http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3ic0baa5eecf1bc5954346b8b8b1c8e973
Forecast: 5% Broadcast Ad Gain in 2010

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/439340-Syndication_Ratings_Oprah_Leads_Talkers_Through_Sweeps_But_Down_4_From_08.php
Syndication Ratings: ‘Oprah’ Leads Talkers Through Sweeps But Down 4% From ‘08

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/439337-McSlarrow_Network_Neutrality_Rules_Could_Threaten_Openness_Content_Applications.php
McSlarrow: Network Neutrality Rules Could Threaten Openness, Content & Applications
Wants FCC to think about whether net neutrality rules can be justified under First Amendment

http://www.buzzmachine.com/
Is journalism storytelling?

http://www.observer.com/2009/media/once-comcast-owns-nbc-whos-boss-whom
Once Comcast Owns NBC, Who’s the Boss of Whom?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/dec/09/women-tv-industry-cutbacks
Women hardest hit by TV industry cutbacks, study suggests

http://www.editorsweblog.org/newspaper/2009/12/two_american_editors-in-chief_step_down.php
Two American editors step down


8 posted on 12/09/2009 12:49:35 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: martin_fierro
Those obit hacks at my hometown paper badly botched my mother’s obit.

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.

9 posted on 12/09/2009 12:51:47 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: KarlInOhio
At what age does someone start reading obituaries regularly?

When half the names you ask about at your high school reunion are answered with, "Oh, they passed away."

10 posted on 12/09/2009 12:54:52 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: abb

http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/
Variety Begins Paid-Content-Only Rollout

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004052392
Guild Unit Chair Among ‘New York Times’ Buyout Takers

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-10412081-261.html
Why Google’s glad to dance to Vevo’s tune

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704825504574583761606822186.html
Media Companies See Slower Ad Declines

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Media_economy_57/Ad_economy_Recovery_is_still_a_way_off.asp
Ad economy: Recovery is still a ways off

http://www.magazinedeathpool.com/
Washington Spaces: RIP December 2009


11 posted on 12/09/2009 1:02:15 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

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.


12 posted on 12/09/2009 1:04:25 PM PST by Random Access
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To: N. Theknow; martin_fierro

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.


13 posted on 12/09/2009 1:10:48 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Death.com?


14 posted on 12/09/2009 1:32:10 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: abb
Obits were the best read thing in most newspapers. Then newspapers started charging for them. A lot of obits got left out -- not the household names of course, but the old guy who lived down the street on whose death of which you could once depend upon the newspaper to inform you.

The one good thing about this, abb, is that the newspapers can depend on you to run their obituary :-)

15 posted on 12/09/2009 2:17:15 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think Legacy.com is one of the larger sites.

http://www.legacy.com/NS/


16 posted on 12/09/2009 2:40:40 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Tribune7

17 posted on 12/09/2009 2:42:47 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
"When our local Gannetoid rag folds, I’ll write their obit, too."

LOL
GMTA

At this stage the rags need to concern themselves with just one obituary: Their own. LOL

18 posted on 12/09/2009 2:50:20 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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19 posted on 12/09/2009 2:56:15 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: abb
you and me too... i've got one to the south of me and one to the east of me, so i've got about 50/50 chance of writing at least one of them in the future.
20 posted on 12/09/2009 3:06:27 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: abb

http://gawker.com/5422800/jenny-8-lee-takes-buyout-exodus-at-nyt-metro-section
Jenny 8. Lee Takes Buyout; Exodus at NYT Metro Section


21 posted on 12/09/2009 3:33:21 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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22 posted on 12/09/2009 3:34:18 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
The obit section of our paper is larger than the auto and classified sections combined and that is a page and a half If they didn't put the paper in a plastic bag with a laundry soap sample it would blow away like a flyer.
23 posted on 12/10/2009 3:12:37 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: 1776 Reborn

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.


24 posted on 12/10/2009 3:21:29 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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It’s getting so bad the crossword looks like the featured article. ;-)


25 posted on 12/10/2009 3:41:55 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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