Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

These are examples of undercover reportage that were considered to have crossed ethical lines or that caused major legal wrangles.

Reporters encounter or inhabit the lives of very hard-laboring others.

These are stings to expose scam artists, quacks and hucksters who prey on the needs or naivete of their customers, clients, or patients.

From 1968 to present day, reporters have gone undercover to expose the corruption and mistreatment that occurs within nursing homes.

 Reporter efforts to get inside the world of lobbyists, both on Capitol Hill and in the statehouses.

Reporters have presented as teachers or students to get an inside view of what goes on in schools and colleges.

A gathering of the undercover and experiential reporting of Elizabeth Cochrane, later Seaman, who wrote under the pen name of Nellie Bly.

Among the most common of poses: journalists who elect to live as tramps, the homeless, or the abject poor.