Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Journalists who infiltrated U.S.-based Nazi bunds, the Ku Klux Klan, the Gomorrah, and other secret societies and closed groups.

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

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

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

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

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.