A dateline is a short piece of text included in news articles that describes where and when the story was written or filed, though the date is often omitted. News is any new information or information on Current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or Word of mouth In the case of articles reprinted from wire services, the distributing organization is also included (though the originating one is not). News agency (alternative A news agency is an organization of Journalists established to supply News reports to organizations in the News trade Datelines are traditionally placed on the first line of the text of the article, before the first sentence.
The location appears first, usually starting with the city in which the reporter has written or dispatched the report. A city is an Urban area with a large Population and a particular Administrative, Legal, or Historical status A reporter is a type of Journalist who Researches and presents information in certain types of Mass media. City names are usually printed in uppercase, though this can vary from one publication to another. The political division and/or nation the city is in may follow, but they may be dropped if the city name is widely recognizable due to its size or political importance (a national capital, for instance). A political division is a Term of art of Geography defining the concept of a geographic Region accepted to be in A nation is a Human Cultural and Social Community. In as much as most members never meet each other yet feel a common bond it may be considered The date of the report comes after, followed by an em dash surrounded by spaces, and then the article. A dash is a Punctuation mark It is longer than a Hyphen and is used differently
A typical newspaper dateline might read
BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 2 — The outlook was uncertain today as . . .
The same story if pulled from the Associated Press (AP) wire might appear as
BEIRUT (AP) — The outlook was uncertain today as . The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio . .
Datelines can take on some unusual forms. When reporters collaborate on a story, two different locations might be listed. In other cases, the exact location may be unknown or intentionally imprecise, such as when covering military operations while on a ship at sea or following an invasion force. A military is an Organization authorized by its Nation to use force usually including use of Weapons in defending its Country (or by attacking A ship /ʃɪp/ is a large vessel that floats on water Ships are generally distinguished from Boats based on size
The concept of a dateline has been adapted to television. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Reporters on news programs might have their location mentioned in an introduction from the news anchor (
"Here now from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is reporter Nigel Obediah Culpepper"). A field reporter might also end their stories with the dateline, especially if the segment is recorded and not live. (For example, the last bit of a report could sound like
". . . prompting an investigation into the matter. Richard Hansen, NBC News, London. ")
The term has also been used as the name for a few current affairs TV shows: