Definition of dateline in US English:



  • A line at the head of a dispatch or special article in a newspaper showing the date and place of writing.

    • ‘At least on stories beyond a newspaper's immediate coverage area, a dateline, in combination with a byline, means that the reporter gathered most of the information on the location.’
    • ‘Thus each of my 17 chapters begins with a dateline, as if it were a journalistic dispatch.’
    • ‘His journalistic coups and exotic datelines made his old colleagues proud.’
    • ‘The byline is Bumiller's and the dateline is Clive, IA, which means she was physically in Clive at some point, but you'd never know it.’
    • ‘This incident is not ripped from today's headlines, but from newspapers with a 1976 dateline.’
    • ‘Bylines and datelines state unequivocally that the reporter was there, saw what he saw, and reported it faithfully, unless an ‘additional reporting’ squib accompanies the story.’
    • ‘At least one editor said he uses datelines to tell readers where the news occurred, and he often puts datelines and bylines on stories in which the reporter remained back in the office and worked the phones.’
    • ‘A close review of this article notes a future dateline of Feb. 13, 2005, with a later comment that the scenario is ‘undoubtedly just around the corner.’’
    • ‘Because of tragic political violence or combat, Northern Ireland, Nigeria and Yugoslavia also were common datelines for the ten newspapers, and a natural disaster put Papua New Guinea in the headlines.’
    • ‘Make sure to include a name, news organization, and military unit or, if you're pointing us to an independent reporter, a recent dateline.’
    • ‘Among the items that had become opaque were datelines and bylines, which were sometimes close to a lie.’
    • ‘Toe-touches were not acceptable under the newsroom policy on datelines, but they were widely sanctioned and often ordered by editors on the national desk.’
    • ‘We decided to use datelines on staff-bylined stories only when the reporter has reported, in person, from that city or town.’
    • ‘1914 - Edouard Belin uses the fax machine to aid in news reporting, letting journalists fudge datelines for the first time.’
    • ‘Some journalists will put a dateline on a story even if the reporter never left the office.’
    • ‘Well, the ‘Times,’ just so our viewers know, has hired an ombudsman, has been much more stringent about the process of datelines so that people don't put datelines on places they visited for 12 and a half seconds.’
    • ‘You know, from Doha, from Central Command, it was a convenient dateline to wrap the big picture but without all the different elements, it would have been absolutely hopeless.’
    • ‘Blair falsified datelines and put his byline on the work of others.’
    • ‘A dateline is dishonest if the reporter is sitting at home, using the telephone or email to close the distance with the source.’
    • ‘Is it OK to use a dateline if the reporter did an interview in that town, even if it wasn't the most important interview of the story?’


[with object]
  • Mark (a dispatch or article) with a dateline.

    • ‘On February 28, 1998, an unsigned article, datelined Tallinn, appeared in The Economist.’
    • ‘So after a little digging, we traced this serious UNIX violation to a hacker outfit called ‘Caldera Inc. ‘The email was datelined 23 Jan 2002.’’
    • ‘There's a piece up on the New York Times website, datelined tomorrow, which discusses this story.’
    • ‘On April 13, 1975, a Schanberg story datelined from Phnom Penh was headlined: ‘Indochina without Americans: For Most, a Better Life.’’
    • ‘The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Washington Post all ran long ‘take-out’ stories datelined from different West Bank settlements during that period; the Los Angeles Times ran two such stories.’
    • ‘The first article to appear, datelined July 22, was by Dusan Stojanovic of the Associated Press, filed from Kabul.’
    • ‘But what is most interesting to me is that the article is an Associated Press dispatch, datelined Beirut.’
    • ‘Did he miss Denis McQuail's letter of 29 November, noting that ‘out of the 29 pieces, 14 were datelined in the US, 11 in Europe and four elsewhere’?’
    • ‘The first, datelined Charleston, reports on the proliferation of pork barrel federal projects named for Democratic Sen.’
    • ‘One typical press account of the events, datelined Cape Canaveral, stated that ‘the project advanced space exploration and improved Cold War relations between the two countries.’’
    • ‘But the funny thing about the letter, dated 30 July, 1917 and datelined Zurich, is that Joyce seems to be just going through the motions on behalf of his brother.’
    • ‘Powers writes that a week later the teller read an Associated Press story datelined Havana in which Fidel Castro damned the CIA for its plots against Cuba and specifically mentioned funds that had come from Arthur Avignon.’
    • ‘All the stories are datelined in Moscow, and Duranty goes to some lengths to play down the crisis.’
    • ‘The invitation from Kim was sent to the Kremlin early this month, Itar-Tass news agency said Wednesday in a report datelined Pyongyang.’
    • ‘Several people have written in to observe that Frank Rich's column, printed on in the Sunday edition and datelined accordingly, normally goes online on the previous Thursday.’
    • ‘There is an entry for each of 200 days of campaigning, usually several, datelined by town.’
    • ‘I note that the article is datelined Fort Bragg; that should mean that Loven is actually there.’
    • ‘In last Sunday's Daily Yomiuri appeared a Kyodo story datelined Washington, D.C., that puts the yarn into perspective.’
    • ‘This brings us nicely to the final part of this saga, but before we move on, one more thing: both stories were datelined San Francisco.’
    • ‘Well, there was a piece yesterday in the Los Angeles Times, which is datelined Rome.’