The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

What initially interested you in beauty pageants? Roberts: When I was six I joined the Miss America Organization. This program is for girls...

Branching Out During Break
Jessica Boll, Web Editor in Chief • May 16, 2024

Instead of lazily lounging by the pool this summer, taking advantage of an academic break is the best usage of the months when we don't have...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

How to Spot Fake News


Given today’s tense political climate and influential figures like President Donald Trump denouncing supposed“- fake news”, it is imperative that anyone who stays up to date on current events does not get bogged down with media that doesn’t present the true facts.

So what exactly is fake news? There are several types, according to the Huffington Post, including deliberately deceptive news, satire that is not specified as such, hoaxes or news that twists the truth. The more sensational the story, the more clicks, so advertising agencies will often pay more to place their advertisements on eye-catching but possibly untrue stories, thus encouraging the spread of fake news. Don’t be mislead by deceptive reporting. Use this guide to spot fake news.

Analyze the source.

Many news sources are trustworthy, but some aren’t, and it is easier to identify the fake ones than you may think. Well-known sources like the New York Times are most likely reputable, while sites with sensational titles, a variety of shocking stories and an unprofessional page ridden with typos and images pulled from the internet may spread fake news. Watch out for URL’s that appear to be reputable sources but actually have a slight difference, such as a “.co” added to the end. Additionally, you can usually look into information provided on the website under the “About Us” section, and if a site does not provide this information, it may not be trustworthy.

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Read the full story.

It has happened to the best of us— we see a headline and immediately spread the word about the shocking news we just found out, especially with the clickbait stories that pop up on our Facebook timelines that we carelessly scroll through only having read the title. However, only later do we realize that the headline was extremely dramatized. Make sure to read the full story rather than just the headline.

Do outside research.

If you are suspicious of a story, research everything, including the author’s reputability, the date, the sources of quotes or lack thereof and the support the author provides. Usually an important event is not just published in one news source, so if you do not nd the story anywhere else, that is a warning ag for fake news.

Watch out for satire.

Sites like The Onion and Clickhole publish satirical and humorous articles, and although they are satirical websites, the comment sections of the inconceivable articles are littered with comments from people who do not realize, for example, that President Trump did not actually serve his dinner guests his tax returns.

Use fact-checking websites.

If you really cannot tell if something is fake news, consult websites like and to see if a story is true.

Morgan Fisher – Business Manager

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