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A byline provides credit to the journalist or writer who authors a story appearing in a physical or online newspaper or magazine.
Used in newspapers, magazines, blogs and other publications, the byline tells the reader who wrote the piece.
In addition to giving credit where credit is due, a byline adds a level of legitimacy to the article; if a piece has a byline from an experienced writer with a good reputation, it's a sign of credibility for the reader.
The byline usually appears after the headline or subhead of an article but before the dateline or body copy. It's almost always prefaced by the word "by" or other wording that indicates that this piece of information is the name of the author.
A byline should not be confused with a tagline, which usually appears at the bottom of an article.
Source: Howard Bear, Jacci. Bylines on Written Articles. 2018. <https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-an-article-byline-1078265>.