dateline vs deadline : Common Errors in English

About dateline vs deadline

The word “dateline” is used today mainly to label the bit of text at the top of a printed news story that indicates where and—often, but not always—when it was written. For instance, after a headline about events in Kenya, the dateline might read “NAIROBI, Kenya, June 2, 2010.”Probably because this rather obscure word has been popularized by its use for the name of an NBC television news show, some people confuse it with “deadline,” which is most often the date by which something must be accomplished. You can miss deadlines, meet deadlines, or have to deal with short deadlines— but not datelines.

dateline Meaning(s)

  • (n) an imaginary line on the surface of the earth following (approximately) the 180th meridian
  • (n) a line at the beginning of a news article giving the date and place of origin of the news dispatch
  • (v) mark with a date and place

deadline Meaning(s)

  • (n) the point in time at which something must be completed

dateline in News

  1. SPJ honors Federal Times for investigative journalism

    Federal Times is proud to announce the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist honored us with two first-place Dateline Awards last night: My June 4, 2012 story “At GSA, almost everyone rates a bonus” received first prize for weekly investigative reporting. This story dove into bonus data across the government and uncovered how [...]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Federal Times

  2. New NCTV17 show features in-depth reports

    Tune in at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for a new show: “Naperville News Extra” on NCTV17. The monthly show takes an in-depth look at stories important to you, much like 60 Minutes or Dateline. In the pilot episode, we’ll share four stories. The Illinois Prairie Path is the nation’s first successful “rail to trail,” created by May Thielgaard Watts in the mid-1960s. NCTV17’s Jordan Abudayyeh takes a closer ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Naperville Sun

  3. 'Dateline' to air episode about murder of Deede Keller

    NBC's "Dateline" will air an episode Friday night about Julia "Deede" Keller, a popular South Bay real estate agent who was killed in 2004 in El Segundo.
    on June 6, 2013 Source: Daily Breeze

deadline in News

  1. Deadline for City Am golf is today at 5 p.m.

    Today is the deadline to sign up for the Shreveport City Amateur Golf Championship, to be held at Querbes Park Golf Course beginning June 21. Competitors must have their entry forms into the Querbes pro shop by 5 p.m. this afternoon.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Journal News

  2. Deadline for bids for Oreck is July 1

    The Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday approved a July 1 bid deadline and a July 8 potential auction of the assets of the Oreck Corp., whose only bidder so far has been members of the founding Oreck family.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Tennessean

  3. Deadline for Thurston County Fair jobs extended

    The deadline has been extended for those interested in applying for temporary Thurston County Fair jobs this summer, according to a news release.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Olympian

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