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Tribune town hall will explore 'Fake or Fact: What is news?'

Mar 7, 2017 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah State University journalism professor Matthew LaPlante gave his students an atypical exercise last semester: Throw together a fake news story.

The goal, LaPlante told them, was to learn how to identify hoax stories, which are written to mislead readers, boost website traffic or push out propaganda.

"The scary thing was, I honestly believe they were better at writing fake news than they are at writing real news," said LaPlante, a former Salt Lake Tribune reporter.

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