Words and phrases tend to emerge out of nowhere and into popular culture without warning. Often it's tough to understand where these things come from or, in all honesty, what they even mean. A term that's been plastered all over mainstream media, the internet and consistently used by one specific politician is "fake news". Recently, a communications agency in Calgary, Alberta collaborated with the Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to literally trademark the term. The "fake news" trademark was followed by serving President Trump with a cease-and-desist, urging him to stop using the term.\nWe assure you, this is not "fake news" — it really happened. Wax Partnership in Calgary and the Society of Professional Journalists launched a video and website earlier this week along with their campaign.\n“How do you stop the incorrect use of the term 'fake news'? You trademark it,” reads the Fake News (™pending) website.\nIn their campaign video, a spokesperson at the Society of Professional Journalists explains, “Here at the Society of Professional Journalists, we are deeply concerned about how a certain president of the United States is using the term 'fake news' to discredit the free press. Real 'fake news' isn’t news at all. It’s completely made up, ignoring the fundamentals of journalism like facts and sources.”\nNarcity spoke with Wax creative director Nick Asik to learn more about the Fake News (™pending) campaign.\nFirst and foremost, we were curious why a campaign like this would emerge out of Alberta, Canada.\n"Fake news has to do with the internet. The internet doesn’t have borders, so fake news is a problem all over the world. People are increasingly getting their news from unreliable sources," Asik explained.\n"We’re in the infancy of this phenomenon so let’s try to do something about it. Whether we’re in Calgary or New York City, it’s a problem."\nAsik went on to explain that the misuse of the term "fake news" is dangerous as it's become a blanket reaction to discredit news — factual or otherwise — that one doesn't agree with.\nAs for Donald Trump, "the whole notion of 'fake news' has become part of Trump’s identity."\n"One of our clients at the Society of Professional Journalists did an analysis and he’s said 'fake news' over 1,200 times in tweets over the course of his presidency."\n"That translates to nearly one per day," said Asik. Now that's a whole lot of "fake news."\nFAKE NEWS! pic.twitter.com/ta8ii8yetP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019\nSo interesting that, when I announced Trump National Doral in Miami would be used for the hosting of the G-7, and then rescinded due to Do Nothing Democrat/Fake News Anger, very few in Media mentioned that NO PROFITS would be taken, or would be given FREE, if legally permissible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019\nIn the campaign's video, the Society of Professional Journalists explains how they plan to clap back on the misuse of the term.\n"Now, every time the White House head honcho uses the term incorrectly, we’ll send him a cease-and-desist letter." And this doesn't start and finish with the president.\n"From now on, every politician, celebrity, or outraged tweeter who uses the term to cast doubt on stories they disagree with, you’ll be hearing from us," the video explains. Watch yourselves, folks.\nAsik told Narcity that the trademark is still pending, but regardless of the outcome, the campaign is to generate awareness. "At its heart, it’s a media literacy campaign," he told us.\nThis number, based on the Economy & how well our Country is doing, would potentially be 75% if not for the Fake News & Phony Witch Hunt. 95% Approval Rating in the Republican Party! https://t.co/GFLxcNJOkk— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019\nIf the trademark is approved, you might want to educate yourself on the proper use of the term “fake news.”\nIf you’re not sure what’s right, wrong, real, or fake anymore, the Fake News website breaks it down. “What is Fake News? Depends on who’s saying it.”\nThey go on to explain that “when journalists say 'fake news,' they’re talking about partisan publication mimicking real news stories.”\nThe website goes on to encourage individuals to be critical and mindful about what they are consuming: “Asking yourself what you are consuming will help you distinguish between news, opinion, and incorrect information.”\nIt’s difficult to parse through all of the news and media we are bombarded with each day, especially when it comes to targeted advertising.\nThat said, keep your eyes and mind open and if something seems suspicious or biased, do some more research.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.