How do you write an obituary?
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16 January 2017
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It was a busy year for the obituaries desk at newspapers the world over as some of our favourite cultural figures have bade farewell. We speak to Harry de Quetteville of ‘The Telegraph’ about how an obituary is written and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, joins us in the studio to discuss how the death of David Bowie has played out in the press over the course of a year.
16 January 2017
Photo: Clara Molden
Former editor of the obituary page at 'The Telegraph', Harry de Quetteville tells us how you go about writing an obituary. Some key concerns: planning ahead, choosing who deserves to grace the page and what you should write about.
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