Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

Among the most common of poses: journalists who elect to live as tramps, the homeless, or the abject poor.

Going undercover as volunteers or invited guests has gotten reporters an inside look at some U.S. political campaigns. So has shadowing the candidates in their off-hours. 

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

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

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

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

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