Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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