Oh, the humanity! The world is mourning the untimely death of a brilliant and world-famous journalist — you! As only you could do, you came back just long enough to write your own obituary before going to that great newsroom in the sky for your reward.
This is the one time that you may — in fact, you will have to — make up facts, quotes and other information to complete an assignment. You will have to make up your cause of death, place and time of death (your death should not happen today; it should be in the future).
You will need to create the glorious details of your exciting career, your life and your contributions to society. You may also want to invent your mate for this assignment.
While your facts for this assignment may be made up, your obituary must meet the following requirements:
File this story through Blackboard before the deadline given in class.
This is a news obituary — not the kind that a funeral home or a family would place in the newspaper as a paid notice. The story is mainly about the individual’s life, but his or her death is what makes it timely.
(By the way, it is common for the news media to write obituaries about living people so that something is ready to be published when that person dies. The media want to be prepared to run a story in the event of a known person’s death.)
Such an obituary includes quotations (from the subject and from others) and a biography. Here’s a general outline:
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