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CHS 151: Chicano Studies and Speech

Freshman Speech Communication

How to Spot Fake News

Some tips on how to spot fake news:


1. URL look odd? That “” ending on an otherwise authentic-looking website is a red flag. When in doubt, click on the “contact” and “about” links to see where they lead. A major news organization probably isn’t headquartered in a house.

2. Does it make you mad? False reports often target emotions with claims of outlandish spending or unpatriotic words or deeds. 

3. How is the writing? Caps lock and multiple exclamation points don’t have a place in most real newsrooms. 

4. Who are the writers and the people in the story? Google names for clues to see if they are legitimate, or not. 

5. What are fact-checking sites like and finding?

6.  It might be satire. Sometimes foolish stories aren’t really meant to fool.

7.  Think twice before sharing. Today, everyone is a publisher.

8. If it’s real, other news sites are likely reporting it.