Public Editor

Does The Star copy edit obituaries?

A couple of emailers have asked me recently about what they thought were obvious errors in obituary notices. One was an unusual spelling of a common name, and another was a piece of the person's biography that the reader thought sounded questionable.

Both asked a similar question: Does The Star run obituaries past a copy editor? The general policy is no.

The paper offers seven lines free for death notices of people from the Kansas City area, but anything longer is a paid notice. The family or funeral homes submitting this copy would be the ones responsible for its content.

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