Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Reporters have worked as guards or gotten themselves arrested -- sometimes with the aid of authorities and sometimes without -- to investigate conditions inside prisons and jails.

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

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.

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

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