Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Obituary Policy and Guidelines (2018)

What you need to know about obituaries, Legacy.com, service announcements and death notices

News-Miner Obituaries: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner publishes death notices and obituaries of public interest in print and at newsminer.com. We cannot guarantee placement. First-run obituaries have priority when space is short. Obituaries must be submitted within one year of the death.

Death notices: A death notice is a brief statement (about 100 words) of the full name, age, date and place of death, and time, date and place of the service. Death notices are printed free of charge. They can run a maximum of two times, free of charge. Refer the customer to the Classified Advertising Department for additional publication days.

Obituaries: Obituaries are most often prepared by families or mortuaries under general newspaper guidelines and are edited by News-Miner staff. If you are a family member not working with a funeral home, please note that in the form here and contact the newsroom at 907-459-7572. E-mailed obituaries are preferred at obituary@newsminer.com or through our online submission form at www.newsminer.com/site/forms/announcements/obituary/. Obituaries may be dropped off at the News-Miner at 200 N. Cushman St. Obituaries are priced at 35 cents per word. There is no word limit.

Obituaries may be published twice with a doubled fee.

Submissions: Obituaries should be submitted to the newspaper through a mortuary and authorized by family members in charge of arrangements. If a local mortuary is not involved, obituaries and death notices may be submitted electronically using our online form at www.newsminer.com/site/forms/announcements/obituary/. Obituaries submitted electronically must include family contact information. Staff will work only with family members who are in charge of final arrangements or with the mortuary.

Poetry prohibition: We do not permit poems in obituaries. Poetry is often obscure in meaning, and we want obituaries to be as clear as possible. Also, poetry often requires considerably more space for the words involved, because of the formatting. The formatting is often very specific to the poem. It would require additional time to work with authors on the typesetting to get it to appear as desired. Often, the format simply won't work with the column widths that we use. And we often need to rapidly change column widths and formatting to fit the space available.

Payment: Pre-payment is required unless the obituary is placed through an Alaska mortuary with a News-Miner account. All major credit cards are accepted.. Payment by cash or check must be made at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner office at 200 North Cushman St., from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Mortuaries with advertising accounts will be billed.

Child obituary fee waiver: The News-Miner does not charge an obituary fee for a child age 12 or under.

Military fee waiver: The News-Miner does not charge an obituary fee when a member of the military dies in the performance of his/her military duties. . These obituaries should be submitted directly to obituary@newsminer.com.

Deadlines: Obituary submissions must be received by noon prior to the day of publication. Obituaries for Sunday and Monday publication must be received by noon Friday.

Legacy.com: Death notices and obituaries are published online at www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer, which is hosted by Legacy.com. All paid obituaries on Legacy.com include guest books in which family and friends may share memories and condolences. All entries are moderated by Legacy.com staff. The guest books are published online in perpetuity at no additional charge.

Photos: Obituaries may include a photo. Photos should show the subject up close and in focus. The online submission form provides a place to upload a photo. All photos must be in the JPEG format and those of at least 150 dpi will print with the best quality. Most mortuaries and the News-Miner can also process photos for publication.

We have been asked on rare occasion to publish a photograph of a person postmortem. The few times the request has been made involves the death of an infant. It is the policy of the News-Miner not to publish postmortem photographs on the obituary page.

Icons: A flag, for U.S. military veterans, may be placed with an obituary at no cost. An obituary may include two icons and no photo or one photo and one icon.

News obituaries: To suggest a news story about the death of a newsworthy Alaskan, call the newsroom at 459-7572 or send an e-mail to newsroom@newsminer.com.

Copyright: All death notices and obituaries become the property of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and may be republished in any format.

Memoriams: Memoriam ads may be purchased for obituaries that fall outside our standard guidelines. For example, obituaries for people who have never lived in Alaska, for a death that occurred more than six months earlier, or to mark the anniversary of a death. Memoriams may be written to any length, edited and designed as families choose; they are handled as advertising by the Classified Advertising Department. Contact the Classified Advertising Department at 459-7555 for rates and guidelines.

Bereavement/Thank you ads: Family members may run one free thank you ad free of charge in the News-Miner. The information and photo for the two-column by 3-inch ad must be submitted by 10 a.m. two business days prior to publication. For example, Monday morning at 10 a.m. for the Wednesday paper. For Saturday, Sunday or Monday publication the material must be received by 10 a.m. on Thursday. Contact the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Classified Advertising Department at 459-7555 for information.