Obituary writing has been on the decline since the 1950s.
But a new study from NYU’s Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication shows that it could be on the rise again.
The research, led by Dr. Michael B. Hsu, a professor of media studies, found that in the past five years, the proportion of obituary writers who were female jumped by 23 percent.
That’s more than double the increase from just one year ago, which was 16 percent.
And that’s a dramatic increase from the 3.5 percent increase between 2007 and 2015, according to the study.
Hsu also found that more than half of obituary writers are women.
Women are increasingly writing about their deaths in a variety of ways, from personal essays to in-depth profiles in The New York Times, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.
The research suggests that there are multiple reasons why this is happening, including an uptick in female obituarial writers in the workplace.
“It’s not just the fact that there’s more female obit writers, but the fact, also, that women are now more willing to write obituae in the news,” said Hsu.
“When they see an obit in the New England papers, it’s going to be on CNN, it might be on MSNBC or in the Wall Streets Journal.
But if you’re writing an obituaiton for a Wall Street publication, it probably isn’t going to come out of the New Jersey office.”
This trend could also be a result of changes in how journalists write about death.
The new study, for example, found the rise in female journalists was driven in part by the changing nature of journalism as we know it.
In the past, when a journalist interviewed a deceased person, he or she was typically in the company of a family member or a close friend.
But now, more often than not, the interview is recorded on camera and edited for a print publication.
In other words, it becomes a scripted piece.
So what does that mean for the obituarist who wants to write about the person who passed away?
“It depends on the context,” said Dr. Daniel Paretsky, a senior lecturer in media studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
“It could be a family, friends, a close family member.
It could be someone in a very public way.
Or it could just be someone’s own family member.”
For the new study and the others, the researchers used data from the 2017 New York Observer obit section and the 2017 Washington Post obit sections.
The data was compiled from a combination of newspapers’ obituarie reporting and online sources, which includes news archives, social media sites, and news archives.
What do you think about this new trend?
If you want to know more about the research, you can read the entire article in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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