CHOICE Online Reviews “Undercover Reporting: Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database”

CHOICE Reviews Online,

May 2013

Undercover Reporting: Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database

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By E. Hage, SUNY Cobbleskill

[e] 50-4845 [Internet Resource]

Undercover Reporting: Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database URL: http://dlib.nyu.edu/undercover/ [Visited Feb’13] This research database supports a compelling argument and picks up the threads of a long-standing ethical debate. The project, a collaboration with NYU Libraries that emerged from journalism professor Brooke Kroeger’s book Undercover Reporting: The Truth about Deception (CH, Apr’13, 50-4260), presents the case that undercover, subterfuge-based reporting is central to a healthy news media landscape. This unique, rich resource amasses a remarkable amount of coverage, from articles in major and not-so-major news publications to books to film and television. The database is organized into clusters by author, date, publication, or theme–the last of these including, for example, “Undercover in U.S. Political Campaigns,” “Working with Migrants; Shadowing the Undocumented,” “Vote Fraud Investigation,” “Asylums Undercover,” and “Deep Encounters with Religious Groups.” There is even a cluster called “Antebellum Undercover,” which provides full-text articles of undercover reportage (1854-75) from the New York Tribune based on the work of journalists who headed South prior to the Civil War. (Here, for example, one finds a piece written by an undercover northern journalist at John Brown’s hanging in Virginia.) And this speaks to the historical breadth and informational scope of the database. In fact, under “Quacks, Thieves, Scam Artists, and Hucksters” one finds everything from full-text 19th-century pieces to a link to the video of a recent 60 Minutes piece on stem-cell hucksters. The collection is remarkably comprehensive, putting controversial and stunt-driven pieces next to award-winning achievements in investigative journalism. This invaluable research tool provides a wealth of material and also makes a profound argument for undercover reporting as an inextricable part of US national history and as an essential mode in the public-service mission of news. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** All levels.–E. Hage, SUNY Cobleskill Hage, E. Source Citation   (MLA 7th Edition) Hage, E. “Undercover Reporting: Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database.” CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries May 2013: 1621. Academic OneFile. Web. 9 Feb. 2014.

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Upcoming events:  Oct. 19: East Hampton Library. Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater  for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City.

Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East HamptonSept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” More to come on that.