Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Journalists from the United States and Australia get inside the post-Civil War practice of recruiting Pacific Islanders to work the world's non-U.S. plantations on extended contracts of indenture.

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

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

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

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

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