Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Since the 1870s, journalists have been posing as patients or attendants to expose horrid conditions and treatment inside mental hospitals. Nellie Bly, incidentally, was not the first. 

Waste, fraud, graft, laxity, dilapidated conditions, corruption: Reporters have often used undercover tactics to investigate.

Journalists who infiltrated U.S.-based Nazi bunds, the Ku Klux Klan, the Gomorrah, and other secret societies and closed groups.

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

Journalists have devised any number of ruses to get inside hospitals and clinics --  as patients or staff members.

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

In efforts to get inside the fold, reporters have fellow-traveled with religious groups, posing as members or prospective recruits.