Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

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

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

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

Reporters have worked as migrant laborers and shadowed undocumented workers crossing the border into the United States.

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

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

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.