Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New mid-Michigan obituary service

Stopped over in Davison last week and found a new printed, daily obituary service was available at a number of locations. It's pretty basic, stapled sheets of 8 1/2 X 11-inches, but it includes color pictures and ads, plenty of ads.

The product is distributed at a number of places, mostly restaurants, stores and libraries, but they also offer daily e-mail delivery of the obituary.

If you want an e-mail copy send a request to

The senior citizens at Taecken's Terrace apartments in Davison said they really appreciate the daily printed obituaries.

You know, if these folks are smart they will start putting a little police and government news with the obituaries and, oh, never mind.


Cat paws said...

Journal missed the real story?

Seems that our Governor Jenny gives a 9.1 million dollar tax credit to a convicted felon and also a possible parole violator. It took a "retired" reporter to expose this felon and alert the police to the sham. It could have been done with real reporting at the Journal with less then 30 minutes of investigating.
Not like the old days when the Journal and most every other failing newspaper dug into the story before turning it into the editors desk.

Back in the days when my father worked at the Journal he would have been fired for this.
Cat paws

Anonymous said...

Cat paws, gimme a break.

"Ooh, all those kids at the Journal need an old person to help them break news. They should all be fired and replaced with 60-year-olds!"

Every single reporter in every single era relied on tips. Seriously, look at the amount of coverage in two days:

Go ahead. Look at the link, the different angles, the constant updates, the teamwork of several reporters digging into different aspects. It's good reporting. There are still good journalists at the Journal doing good work, and they did good work on this story. If you're too bitter to admit that, I understand -- after all, you are a reader of this blog, so I would expect bitterness and failing to look at anything Journal related objectively to be foreign to you.

Just know that you're wrong.

Jim of L-Town said...

I would agree that there are still very good reporters at the Journal. Just not enough of them.

Don't know how this came down. Does anyone know who broke the real story on Mr. Short?

I came to the party late, so I don't know the sequence of who said what, when.

Anonymous said...

Back on the matter of obits, any new service around here is great.

We recently had a family death, and when the funeral director gave us the estimate for what the local Newhouse concern was going to charge, two people at the table stared in disbelief and two others started laughing hysterically. Were it up to me, no obit would have been submitted. Ultimately, some elderly family members still wanted an obit, so the size of it was cut by two-thirds.

Anonymous said...

I think it was part-time private investigator Pat Clawson who checked into it. Read Jack Lessenberry's latest essay for Michigan Radio.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the funeral homes don't get together and publish an obituary magazine. They could publish two or three times a week and include stories that people could pay for about the deceased. They make enough money to pay for the mailing and they already have the business. I'd buy it.

Anonymous said...

hey anonymous 23:57, there's no excuse for the fact that no background checking was done by reporters. The news media ran with a blatantly inaccurate press release. Salivating over the possibility of jobs in Flint and happy to publish the "good news." You don't have to be 60 to know that you don't take everything the government hands you on a press release at face value. The links, the angles, the teamwork, yadda, yadda, yadda....dude it was all after the fact...don't you get that? How about question first? Don't worry someday you will be a good reporter who questions before trodding the path cleared by bottom-line mandates. Until then, don't defend shoddy work, it makes you look stupid.