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The Internet (TV Tropes), 28 March- The dateline is a short piece of text or audio at the beginning or the end of a news report. It indicates where and sometimes when the story is being filed.
The older form, found in some higher-end newspapers, reflects the days when news stories were not published within 24 hours and you might have to wait over a week for a story to reach, say, the US from Japan. Most modern papers only print the place name (Moscow), or the place name and the news syndicate that the story was from (Moscow, AP), but this is still referred to in the trade as a dateline.
The newer form is found on news reports and is where the newsreader signs off their report, usually when its pre-recorded, or at the beginning for a live broadcast.
It is the name source for Dateline and two other shows of that name.
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