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Obit

Obit
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Released: March 31, 2017
Director: Vanessa Gould
Producer: Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould
Studio: Blue Ice Docs
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Genre: Documentary
Length: 93 minutes

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Obit Overview

OBIT takes a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Times obituary team. The daily job of veteran journalists such as Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox and William Grime is to take a look at the lives of people who've just died, make a case for their impact and newsworthiness, and do them justice in 500 words all in the seven hours before deadline.

It also gives us a look at newspaper practices of an almost bygone era. Google often doesn't have information on minor events that took place fifty years earlier. So the obit writers use the old-school archives of musty clipping files and photos that only the most veteran reporters at most papers remember using.

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