Bylines are used to give credit to writers who pen articles for print or online publications. They can take multiple forms and come either at the beginning of an article or the end. Typically, a byline names the person who wrote the article and sometimes gives that person’s position at the publication. The byline may appear separate from the story as in this example:

Debbie Reddin

Staff Reporter

This entry discusses the history of bylines, types of bylines, gendered uses of bylines, and ethical considerations of using bylines.

Credit for authorship might also appear as part of an editor’s note that describes the story’s content or offers some contextualization about why the story is important or how it was acquired. In that case, the credit is not considered a ...

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