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A "comprehensive history and exercise in soul-searching" . . . "Undercover Reporting intends to provoke its readers, and it did me."  - Jack Shafer, Columbia Journalism Review [cjr.org/review/the_lying_game.php?page=all]

"Brooke Kroeger's new book brings good news. She puts in a good word for a discredited and abandoned form of investigative reporting closely identified with Chicago, and goes on to say that it's actually not that discredited or abandoned.
 
"Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception is a clear-eyed look at sneakiness. . . . " Michael Miner, Chicago Reader

A "comprehensive history and exercise in soul-searching"... "Undercover Reporting intends to provoke its readers, and it did me." --- Jack Shafer, Columbia Journalism Review

From the Author

Don't miss the book's companion database of undercover reporting going back to the mid-1800s at undercoverreporting.org. In addition to citations and summaries, it has links to the actual pieces.
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Product Details

  • Series: Medill School of Journalism Visions of the American Press
  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810126192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810126190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a journalist, author of four books and professor of journalism at New York University. My website has full details at http://brookekroeger.com. And don't miss the amazing undercover reporting database at http://undercoverreporting.org.

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By Patrick on December 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
Most memorable for me was reporter William Gaines posing as a hospital orderly. Repeatedly, doctors ordered him to drop the mop and wheel post-op patients from the supposedly immaculate surgery back to their rooms. The day after the Chicago Tribune displayed Gaines inside details, patients fled the hospital which was closed forever. And Gaines won his first Pulitzer. Author Brooke Kroeger takes you inside with reporters on the inside where reality defies the most sophisticated corporate spin merchants. What should be a daily City Desk assignment has almost vanished along with leaner newspaper staffs and lower budgets. Perhaps the local television stations could cut back on the weather reports and invest in this most controversial form of American journalism.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bob weinstein on December 16, 2012
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great documentation lots of moral conflict quite academic dry makes you think never knew their was such an ethical conflict
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.Picharsik on November 9, 2014
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Right off I have to admit I haven't read this book yet. I don't think I will after watching her interview on Book TV last night.

If Ms. Kroeger treats her students like she treated her interviewer, I feel sorry for them. Though there are plenty of examples, I will give you one now. When asked during the course of conversation, "Who is Nelly Bly?" she reacted as if he were a total idiot for not knowing. "Who's Nelly Bly? What a question!" she said in astonishment.

The truth is, Ms. Kroeger's book could be of great interest to those ignorant people out there who don't yet know about Nelly Bly but could now, through reading Ms. Kroeger's book, learn about her and her importance to the history of journalism. By making the potential reader feel hopelessly uninformed, she pushes away the very audience she is trying to reach. One of them is me.
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