WORD LEAKED OUT that the Associated Press has a prepared obit of down-on-her-luck pop star, Britney Spears.
The practice of preparing obits well in advance is common. Journalists need to be ready to launch the story as soon as it breaks. But prepared obits are usually reserved for celebrities late in their lives. Britney is 26.
The AP's entertainment editor justifies the practice this way: "For me, anyway, it’s a pretty simple two factors. How likely is the person to die and how big a story is it going to be when they do?"
Isn't that just morbid?
Of course, this is all punctuated by the early death of Heath Ledger and the mysterious events that lead to his passing on January 22 at the age of 28.
Does this practice of preparing obits follow the principles of journalism?
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