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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

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THE world's print media will be turning its attention to spoof media websites and publications on Tuesday in anticipation of following up a host of world exclusives.

April Fools Day will see the top newspapers churn out their annual 'spoof' story and industry experts are predicting that regular spoof writers will in turn try their hand at serious news.

Red-top tabloids and respected broadsheets alike will be focussing too much on creating the best spoof-story and will have no time to fill their pages with exclusives, therefore relying on merely copying stories as they come in.

Tits McCarling, a sub-editor for The Sun, explained: "All our reporting staff will be spending all day Monday trying to come up with the funniest and most original April Fool's story to get a by-line and add it to their portfolio - an April Fools Day by-line is like gold dust to them.

"In the past we have tried making them focus on writing proper news, such as thinking up stories to centre around the latest picture of Heather Mills pulling a funny face at a camera, y'know proper news, but they just don't listen.

"We've given up this year and are just going to let them get on with it.

"Some may see it as a gamble relying on a whole day's worth of true events being written by amateurs on a joke website but we are confident it will pay off."

Websites such as the TheSpoof.com, and others which will doubtlessly be removed in the editing process if mentioned here, are expecting their web traffic to increase ten fold.

Jody Marsh's agent was unavailable for comment as he was too busy putting the finishing touches to a press release embargoed until 00.01am on April 1 stating that she's pregnant or dead or something.

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The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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