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What's the first word of a newspaper article called? e.g. NEW YORK -


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It's "dateline" that's what it's called.  For real.  I asked a real editor.  He used to be chief editor of several major Newspapers around the country, been doing it for the last 30 years.




CrayonViolent (8:25:44 PM): i have a newspaper question for you

nolavampire (8:26:02 PM): let the dead bury their dead

nolavampire (8:26:04 PM): lol

CrayonViolent (8:26:27 PM): okay so when you have for instance

CrayonViolent (8:26:36 PM):


Title of the Article


LONDON - ... article begins

CrayonViolent (8:26:47 PM): that LONDON- part

CrayonViolent (8:26:58 PM): that signifies the location of the news coverage

CrayonViolent (8:27:04 PM): like, where the story is taking p lace

CrayonViolent (8:27:09 PM): is there an official word for that?

CrayonViolent (8:27:19 PM): like for instance the title of the article would be the header or headline

nolavampire (8:27:20 PM): It's called the dateline

nolavampire (8:27:40 PM): In older times it looked like this:

CrayonViolent (8:27:40 PM): ah

nolavampire (8:27:57 PM): LONDON (March 29, 1999) -

CrayonViolent (8:28:12 PM): ah okay

CrayonViolent (8:28:36 PM): thanks!

nolavampire (8:28:43 PM): It's supposed to be used only if the reporter was physically at the scene.  If it's someone getting a story by phone, it shouldn't have one.

nolavampire (8:29:06 PM): That started during the Civil War, when newspapers first started sending correspondents into the field.

nolavampire (8:29:21 PM): The dateline gave them more credibility

CrayonViolent (8:29:22 PM): hey suddently that whole "Dateline NBC" makes more sense. I always thought it was some generic branding name

nolavampire (8:29:44 PM): Very little branding is accidental

nolavampire (8:30:17 PM): we like "lines"

nolavampire (8:30:46 PM): Headlines, cutlines, bylines, datelines, XBox lines

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