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After finishing reading an article today in Süddeutsche Zeitung, I scrolled down the page a bit and saw the following text:

©SZ vom 31.08.2018/ankl

What does ankl mean? I could not find the abbreviation in any of the online dictionaries I use.

Here is a screenshot of the page with the text (circled at the bottom): enter image description here

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Heißer Tipp: Anne Kleinmann, SZ-Redakteurin im Newsdesk-Team (https://www.sueddeutsche.de/tools/impressum).

(It is common for German newspapers to tag simple, factual articles with the initials of the author(s), along with the abbreviations of news agencies whose material was used. E.g., in the SZ's archive, you can find even rather long strings of contributors like "SZ.de/ap/dpa/eca/ankl", which typically means that eca (presumably Eva Casper, also of the newsdesk team) and ankl mashed a few wire reports from AP and DPA for sueddeutsche.de.)

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ankl isn't an abbreviation in German. But you find short signatures at the end of articles. These are usually an abbreviated form of the authors name. The slash is used to indicate this form of signatures.

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    It's not unusual that, say, the web article is enriched with a picture gallery or similar additional information, and they just add the tags to indicate the person responsible for that. So I wouldn't be surprised if, occasionally, mutliple names appear in an online article. – johnl Aug 31 '18 at 11:43
  • (The comment that my comment referred to was deleted.) – johnl Aug 31 '18 at 14:06

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