Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

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

The work of groups such as James O'Keefe's Project Veritas and Lila Rose's LiveAction and their undercover operations.

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

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

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

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

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.