Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Undercover journalism has been the subject of heated discussions, especially since the late 1970s, and whenever an undercover sting causes a stir.

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

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

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

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. 

Journalists from the United States and Australia get inside the post-Civil War practice of recruiting Pacific Islanders to work the world's non-U.S. plantations on extended contracts of indenture.

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