Vol. 13, No. 1
Spring 2012

Table of Contents


Editors Reflection [PDF]
The Journalism of Deception
Brooke Kroeger
New York University
Kathy Roberts Forde
University of South Carolina


Featured Essays

The Enduring Problem of Journalism: Telling the Truth [PDF]
The 1961 Freedom Rides were a pivotal episode in the African American civil rights movement. They illustrate some of the challenges
that journalists encounter in their attempts to report accurately, truthfully, and honestly.
Kathy Roberts Forde
University of South Carolina

Why Surreptitiousness Works [PDF]
Dating back to the early 1800s, the long, continuous, rich, and proud historical record of undercover projects contains many examples
of high-risk, high-impact investigations in the public interest that required some degree of subterfuge on the part of reporters.
Brooke Kroeger
New York University

The Brief Against Deception in Reporting [PDF]
The author argues that journalists are not granted the tools of law enforcement and must confine themselves to functioning
within “well-defined limits.”
Tom Goldstein
University of California, Berkeley

Journalism and Deception: The Other Side of a Two-Faced Coin [PDF]
This essay explores two separate but related issues: those raised by journalists who find themselves deceived by others
and the willingness of journalists at times to deceive themselves.
David Abrahamson
Northwestern University