The Democrat-Gazette recently stopped placing datelines on stories based on where the story took place regardless of whether reporters were on-scene.
Now, Democrat-Gazette stories get datelines if a reporter wasn't there and a byline isn't warranted, Fellone said.
At the Southwest Morning-News in Fort Smith, datelines are only given when a reporter was on scene, said Executive Editor Byron Tate.
But datelines may be more of a professional pet peeve than an issue readers understand or care about.
I've never had a reader say 'word one about datelines," said Fellone.
It raises the question: Do readers really care about datelines, bylines, stringers and such, or is this just one of those industry family feuds best left in the kitchen?