Don't Be Fooled: It's April 1 Somewhere Starting Saturday Morning In D.C. : Memmos Every year, jokers try to trick the news media into believing stories that are actually April Fools' jokes. We should be careful not to fall into their traps.
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Don't Be Fooled: It's April 1 Somewhere Starting Saturday Morning In D.C.

There will be fake news this weekend. That's for real.

Don't wait until it's Sunday morning where you are to start being suspicious of stories you see.

Remember:

- Calendars flip to April 1 in Wellington, New Zealand, at 7 a.m. Saturday on the East Coast of the U.S.

- The foolish hour arrives in Sydney, Australia, at 9 a.m. ET. Saturday.

- We know those jokers at the BBC love their April Fools' spoofs.

- Folks may use social media to spread hoaxes before the day begins where they are.

- We'll need to remain vigilant into early next week.

Poynter.org has reposted its "journalist's quick guide to surviving April Fools' Day" here. It's worth a read.

Korva, who is hosting WESUN this week, is going to monitor all NPR platforms starting at 6 a.m. ET Saturday. If she sees you got fooled, she will be around to collect $1. The money will go toward Newscast's annual "Speer's Spring Fling" outing at Six Flags.