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Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (Medill School of Journalism: Visions of the American Press) (Medill Visions of the American Press) Paperback – August 31, 2012
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"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
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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.