Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

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

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

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

These are stings to expose scam artists, quacks and hucksters who prey on the needs or naivete of their customers, clients, or patients.

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

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