Posted by kathyspurlock on March 18, 2010
In proofing, I’ve noticed quite a few incorrect datelines lately, particularly on sports and local pages.
The AP Stylebook carries a list of the cities for which no state is required in a dateline. But the editing error I’ve seen most often is the style rule that cities within a state do not carry a state name.
Now, The AP includes a state name for Louisiana towns and cities because the wire goes beyond our borders. We get to edit the “La” out of datelines for all Louisiana cities.
Please watch for those “La” notations and hit delete, delete, delete!