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Quickie dateline question: State College or U-Park?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hustle, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Hustle

    Hustle Guest

    The campus is technically University Park, right? Or should I use State College to avoid confusion for folks several states away?
  2. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member


    Just like SEC gamers from the Magnolia State aren't "UNIVERSITY, Miss." or "MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss."
  3. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Palo Alto, not Stanford; Colorado Springs, not Air Force Academy; yet Claremont for Pomona College, which used to be in Pomona but is in Claremont.
  4. Outta Here

    Outta Here Member

    Go with UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- since, as you correctly pointed out, the Giant Erector Set (which looks much better these days) is a part of campus and not State College.

    It's correct and if you're writing for an in-state paper, there won't be any confusion. If you're an out-of-state paper, Penn State or Lions or something will likely be in the hed, so hopefully your readers will figure it out without too much trouble.
  5. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I never figured out why the AP datelined SMU games Dallas and the DMN datelines them University Park.
  6. Kritter47

    Kritter47 Member

    I can answer the UP/Dallas question.

    Highland Park and University Park are de facto cities in Dallas. They have their own city councils, their own utilities, their own school district, their own police and basically everything else you can think of.

    However, they are not officially cities. On letters, things are addressed to Dallas, TX. The post office doesn't have a Highland Park or University Park in its zip code database - they're all under Dallas.

    Within Dallas, if you call something on Turtle Creek or at SMU "Dallas," people will think you're dumb. But since they're not technically cities, the AP probably doesn't consider them legit for a dateline.
  7. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    Problem is Stanford is not in Palo Alto (it is surrounded by it) which is why the AP bylines it "STANFORD, Calif."
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    As mentioned above, it is STANFORD, Calif. And the dateline for Air Force is AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.

    Pomona College has been in Claremont for many years.
  9. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Hustle, we wrestled with this for a long time and decided to go with State College. Don't much care that University Park is the mailing address.
  10. Here's a good one. Harvard, as any good Ivy wannabe knows, is in Cambridge, Mass. But its basketball gym is in Boston. Yet the Harvard SID before the game reminded out of town media to use Cambridge as the dateline.
  11. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    And I'd say sorry, we're in Boston. When I do Pistons stuff, I always file it from Auburn Hills.
  12. we once double staffed some tournament game somewhere -- no idea what sport. i think i was doing the gamer, the other guy was doing a column maybe

    game was played in one of those odd little towns that has a few names ... the township name, the post office, maybe the old-time village name

    we both filed, went home

    next day, two stories, side by side, with different datelines
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