Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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