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dateline usage

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HoopsMcCann, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    so, a competitor writes a story off a press conference that was broadcast on radio and the web but wasn't there. still, he has a dateline as if he was there. i was there, he wasn't. should it bother me that he used a dateline when he wasn't there. isn't that misleading the reader? or am i just being petty?
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Did he put a byline on it?
  3. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    yes... bylined
  4. yes, yes and yes.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Datelines are supposed to indicated to a reader where the material was gathered. Not where it originated.
    Of course, it is misleading.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I agree with you hoops that he was wrong... problem is, 99.99999% of readers don't give a crap and/or have little or no idea what datelines represent.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but there's always that .0000001.
  8. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    thing is, there are people who are reading this who know who i am and immediately know who i'm talking about... there is a pattern of this stuff and it just gets old
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    There is, however, nothing you can do about it so I'd say don't let it get to you.
  10. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

  11. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member

    i know of at least one paper in my area that does this as policy

    dateline on every staff-generated story, doesn't matter if a reporter was there

  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'm more annoyed by my local paper having a dateline from 10 miles outside town and putting the state after the city. I didn't move in yesterday.
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