Review in American Journalism of Deception for Journalism’s Sake: the Undercover Reporting Database

American Journalism

Fall 2018, pp. 523-524

By Samantha Peko, University of Ohio, Athens

To cite this article:



  1. Samantha Peko (2018) Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database, American Journalism, 35:4, 523-524, DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2018.1529500



Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database is a spectacular find for journalism historians. The database, maintained by Professor Brooke Kroeger in collaboration with New York University libraries, contains original articles by undercover reporters, showcasing two centuries’ worth of investigative reports. The work of journalists who worked in sweatshops, feigned insanity, and even visited so-called “witches” to expose misconduct has been captured and preserved. However, the database remains relatively unknown to most journalism scholars.

For National History Day contestantsUpcoming — January 30:  Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.

Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.