Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Across the world, journalists have used undercover techniques to expose individual predators and as well as major sex crime rings.

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

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

Journalism that required costuming or even physical transformation by reporters reporting on racial, ethnic, gender or social groups not their own.

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

Reporters have worked as guards or gotten themselves arrested -- sometimes with the aid of authorities and sometimes without -- to investigate conditions inside prisons and jails.

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

Reporters have taken the undercover route from slaughterhouses and chicken- and pork-processing plants to fast-food chains and supermarkets to understand the system.