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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1926, "line giving the name of the writer of an article in a newspaper or magazine;" it typically reads BY ________. From by (prep.) + line (n.). As a verb by 1958.


n. 1 (context journalism English) A line at the head of a newspaper or magazine article carrying the writer's name. 2 (context sports English) A touchline. vb. (cx journalism transitive English) To provide (an article) with a byline.


The byline on a newspaper or magazine article gives the date, as well as the name of the writer of the article. Bylines are traditionally placed between the headline and the text of the article, although some magazines (notably Reader's Digest) place bylines at the bottom of the page, to leave more room for graphical elements around the headline.

The dictionary defines a byline as "a printed line of text accompanying a news story, article, or the like, giving the author's name."

A typical newspaper byline might read:

Tom Joyce
Enterprise Correspondent

A byline can also include a brief article summary, introducing the writer by name.

Penning a concise description of a long piece has never been as easy as often appears, as Staff Writer John Smith now explains:

Magazine bylines, and bylines on opinion pieces, often include biographical information on their subjects. A typical biographical byline on a piece of creative nonfiction might read:

John Smith is working on a book, My Time in Ibiza, based on this article. He is returning to the region this summer to gather material for a follow-up essay.''

Most modern newspapers and magazines attribute their articles to individual editors, or to wire services. An exception is the British weekly The Economist, which publishes nearly all material anonymously.

Byline (TV series)

Your Kaiser Dealer Presents Kaiser-Frazer "Adventures In Mystery" Starring Betty Furness in "Byline" is a brief series of live mysteries that aired from November 4 through December 9, 1951, on ABC television.

In the 1950s, when companies directly sponsored entire TV programs, it was not unusual for a sponsor to place its name directly on the title of the show (such as The US Steel Hour or The Bell Telephone Hour). The full fourteen-word title by sponsor Kaiser Motors is believed to be the longest for any program in US TV history.

The show was usually known simply as Byline during its six-week prime time run, and as News Gal when the series aired Saturdays at noon on the DuMont Television Network for two weeks in October 1951.

Usage examples of "byline".

He’ll get so miserable not seeing his byline in the paper that he’ll rush right back with a stack of fresh columns.

He pressed the Times man for more tips and the fellow told him that everybody on the Times used middle initials in their bylines because surveys showed that middle initials enhanced credibility twenty-three percent among newspaper readers.

Bloodworth’s byline was Detective Harold Keefe, who’d nearly succeeded in convincing the police hierarchy that a renegade cop had dreamed up those crazy letters.

This story carried no byline because it was produced by several reporters, one of whom had confirmed the fact that private investigator Brian Keyes had fired the fatal shots from a nine-millimeter Browning handgun, which he was duly licensed to carry.

This piracy of newsworthy assignments is the paper's way of reminding me that I'm still at the top of the shit list, that I will be there until pigs can fly, and that my byline will never again sully the front page.

Shamelessly I plot to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff.

It was a glorious scandal, and my byline stayed on the front page for a solid week, a personal record that stands to this day.

Nonetheless, I always make sure to type out my byline in boldface letters: By Jack Tagger Staff Writer To delete my name from the top of the story, Emma must first highlight it with the Define key.

The search engine seems to have locked onto my byline, resulting in an instant and unwanted sampling of my own work.

The news story, carrying Griffin's byline, was plenty tawdry enough to make the front page.

To avoid working on MacArthur Polk's obituary, I busy myself in the newsroom by scrolling up the many bylines of Emma's father on the International Herald Tribune's database.

And if my name appears in the paper this week under your byline, it'd better be because I've croaked in some newsworthy way.

At least the kid would get a front-page byline, which might be enough to change his mind about law school.

Here was the byline: By Jack Tagger Staff Writer For the first time in four years I sent a clipping to my mother.

Race Maggad III was said to be enraged by the reappearance of my byline, but Abkazion refused to delete it, or to yank me off the story.