A byline provides the name and position of who wrote an article, as well as the date it was written. They are most often found under the headline but before the body of the article itself. In magazines, bylines can regularly include quick biographies on the writer as well, allowing the audience to get a taste and feel for who is writing the piece.

In situations where publications use news agencies, false attribution has been as issue when it comes to bylines. Sometimes the articles are printed and credited to the journalist themselves when it was the news agency who originally wrote the article. Instances like these directly coincide with copyright laws, which mandate that the original author should receive acknowledgement for their work.

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