Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jobs on the Death Beat

Obituaries Editor - The Washington Post - The Obituaries Editor, while reporting and writing obits, supervises a team of experienced reporters. The duties include assigning and editing stories, scheduling, doing staff evaluations, and coordinating with the News Desk, the Metro Copy Desk, other sections, the Photo Desk and WPNI editors. Previous editing experience is preferred but not a prerequisite. Our policy on obits makes The Post unique in the industry. In addition to reporting on the deaths of the well-known, we will do an obituary on anyone who has lived a substantial portion of his or her life in the Washington region. Obituaries are the news stories that bring The Post into the most intimate contact with its readers. We are looking for someone with an editor's eye and a reporter's zest, someone who can move the paper further along in its quest to deliver the best news obituaries anywhere. FMI: click here. (Note: This position will likely be filled internally.)

Obit Clerk/Typist - The Poughkeepsie Journal - The Poughkeepsie Journal Classified advertising department has an immediate opening for an organized, detail oriented individual. Responsibilities include typing obituaries, wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Additional duties include daily input of legal notices, employment line ads as well as inputting customer ads into the information system. This is a 30 hour per week position with a somewhat flexible schedule; evenings, weekends and holidays hours required. Excellent benefits, including 401(k) Savings Plan. FMI: click here.

Obituary Clerk/Typist - The Observer-Dispatch - Responsible for typing obituaries into the system, working with funeral directors to proof obits and price out. Part-time; 15 hours per week. Fri. 4:30pm-8pm, Sat. 1pm-8pm, Sun. 5pm-8pm or until job is done. Must have a working knowledge of computers and excellent typing skills. FMI: click here.


Anonymous said...

The Funeral Channel – we make life worth leaving will eventually be the web’s only up-to-the-minute, go-to clearinghouse for the life, death and legacy of international icons of politics, art, and pop culture, providing instant 24/7 access to a continuously updated database of obituary news and information, jam-packed with external links to the deceased's legacy, including books, articles, CD's and DVD’s, along with everything else of interest to devotees and the simply curious.

If you want to write smart, irreverent obituaries - please contact us – think The Daily Show meets A&E Biography meets Entertainment Tonight meets Six Feet Under –

We can’t pay you right now but we’ll die trying.


Alana Baranick said...

Your Funeral Channel site is pretty nifty, Mort.

Thanks for including a link to this Obituary Forum blog.

I love what you aim to do.

I would caution you, however, on saying " will eventually be the web's ONLY UP-TO-THE-MINUTE, go-to clearinghouse for the life, death and legacy of international icons . . . providing INSTANT 24/7 access to a CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED database of obituary news and information."

As an obit writer, I can tell you that anytime someone tells me that someone was THE FIRST or THE ONLY or THE BEST whatever, I automatically question it.

And as a blogger, I can say - and this blog shows - that it can be daunting to keep a blog fresh and hold down a full-time job at the same time.

Good luck with your project.