It’s a killer, the financial pressure on newspapers these days.
So bad, that unless you live an extraordinary life, the hometown paper that announced your birth may announce your death- but say absolutely nothing about what happened in between.
The Ithaca Journal has started charging for obituaries. No money, no bio. You get name, date of birth, and date of death.
The Journal is the latest- but not the first- Central New York paper to stake its claim on those “final expenses” every family has to pay.
The Post Standard offers families the first two inches for free, you can put whatever information you’d like on it.
The Auburn Citizen offers free death notices which include a line about where services will be held, but a full obituary costs $1.50 per line, an extra $5 for a picture and then $10 more if you want it online.
The Oneida Dispatch also offers free death notices including services, a full obit in that paper will cost you $13.23 per column inch, which puts a normal size obituary at about $90.
Some funeral directors say newspapers owe families- at least, poor families- a chance to let friends and relatives know where and when the final services will be, and believe it’s wrong that some of their policies do not allow for publication of that information free of charge. Here’s the off-air video from NewsChannel 9.