CJR-The Audit “WSJ’s Obamacare frame, undercover, too big to fail”

Columbia Journalism Review, The Audit

1 April 2014

“Audit Notes: WSJ’s Obamacare fram, undercover, too big to fail

[Undercover item]

— Check out this great site from NYU on undercover reporting and its role in the great stories of the last 150 years.

This collaboration with NYU Libraries collects many decades of high-impact, sometimes controversial, mostly U.S.-generated journalism that used undercover techniques. It grows out of the research for Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (Northwestern University Press, 2012), which argues that much of the valuable journalism since before the U.S. Civil War has emerged from investigations that employed subterfuge to expose wrong. It asserts that undercover work, though sometimes criticized as deceptive or unethical, embodies a central tenet of good reporting—to extract significant information or expose hard-to-penetrate institutions or social situations that deserve the public’s attention. The site, designed as a resource for scholars, student researchers and journalists, collects some of the best investigative work going back almost two centuries.

Look at the “Other People’s Work” section, which highlights dozens of undercover reports ranging from the mattress factories of Minnesota in 1888 to a Toronto Star report from last year on child labor in Bangladesh. Fascinating.

 

 

 

National History Day contestants, please read this first. Video of talks in my Reports from the Road.

Coming March 10:Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.

2020 Dates—Jan 30:  Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. February 26: La Maison Française  of NYU. March 10: Pub Date. March 19: Securities and Exchange Commission – NYC March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: Sigenthaler Chair; Middle Tennessee State University. April 4: Avon Free Public Library, Avon CT May 5: Simons Foundation June 4-6:Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne.