Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

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. 

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

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

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

Medicare and Medicaid fraud have been perennial reporting topics since the 1960s, often requiring undercover techniques to amass specific details.

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

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.