A Wall Street Journal reporter just asked “What’s your coolest dateline?” And, by that he seemed to mean the coolest (or coldest) place from which you filed a story:
1. Your news org has to allow it as a dateline.
2. It’s really about the name, not the exotic location.
And, while you’re at it, tell me a little about your news org’s rules for datelines. When teaching new journalists, I’m not ultra picky about teaching datelines because despite working for only organizations that use AP style, each had it’s own rules on the subject. For instance, at The Butler Eagle, we weren’t allowed to use “township” (or it’s abbreviation) in the dateline, but at The Post-Gazette, we used it all the time. Or, does your news org forgo datelines for “locators”?