"Undercover Student" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque Tribune
As a companion series to the paper's undercover teacher series, Leslie Linthicum, a twenty-four year-old reporter, posed as a high school student to examine the role of cliques, drugs, bureaucracy and other hidden everyday realities of a local high school."classmates."
The reporting was intended for these media types: Newspaper, Television
Effects and Outcomes
Public reaction to the report was "swift and vehement," the reporter later recalled in an ethics report to the Society of Professional Journalists. Students, teachers, parents and school administrators reacted negatively -- less to the substance of the reporting than to the intrusion, which left them feeling violated and tricked. There also was criticism of conclusions she drew from isolated incidents. As the principal quipped later, "You can almost anytime catch someone picking their nose if you look at them long enough." The major issues appear to have been the questionable purpose of the project and the harm done to people who were identifiable and thus unfairly subjected to ridicule.
Articles, Books, Video/Film
I-"High School Revisited" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque Tribune | Reporter gets an education in paperworkMarch 8, 1983
This is the first installment in Leslie Linthicum's series titled "Undercover Student," where the Albuquerque ...
II-"Nap time at EHS" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque Tribune | Class lectures take back seat to filmstrips - and horseplayMarch 9, 1983
In the second "Undercover Student" article, reporter Leslie Linthicum reports on her Popular Fiction class and on ...
III-"Building 'walls'" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque Tribune | EHS drugs bountiful if you know right personMarch 10, 1983
In her third article of the "Undercover Student" series, Albuquerque Tribune reporter Leslie Linthicum reports on ...
In the fourth article in the Albuquerque Tribune's "Undercover Student" series, reporter Leslie Linthicum, who posed ...
V-"Serious Students Persevere, Others Talk of Rock, Partying" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque TribuneMarch 12, 1983
The fifth installment of her "Undercover Student" series, Albuquerque Tribune reporter writes about the mixture of ...
Reaction to "Undercover Student": "Why EHS?" - Leslie Linthicum - Albuquerque Tribune | Reaction swift on 'undercover student' series - from obscenities and insights to hooraysMarch 14, 1983
Leslie Linthicum reports on the reaction of students, parents and school administrators to her "Undercover Student" ...