A record number of New York Times page one obituaries in 2012

There were 30 front page New York Times obituaries in 2012 versus 14 the year before.obits Why? One reason is that managing editor Dean Baquet believes that a well-written obituary belongs on Page One. They “are really terrific feature stories” and “they fly onto the front page,” says Baquet. He points to the work of Margalit Fox, author of what one journalist called “the most bad-ass obit ever.”

“If you look at Margalit’s oeuvre for the year,” says the editor, “what you’ll see is a group of elegant, perfect stories.”

The front page obit count: 2012 – 30; 2011 – 14; 2010 – 11; 2009 – 13; 2008 – 11; 2007 – 14; 2006 – 11; 2005 – 13; 2004 – 10; 2003 – 13; 2002 – 13; 2001 – 9; and 2000 – 9.

* Why front-page obituaries more than doubled in 2012 (nytimes.com)

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