Ted Conover on immersion reporting

Meat inspectors

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Katia Savchuk interviews the Newjack author about tricks of the trade for undercover reporting, as well as its ethics: "Don’t actively lie. Don’t make up a false backstory to explain why you’re there or to get a job … Some people will say you’re being deceptive simply by putting on a prison guard uniform or federal meat inspector uniform. To a degree, they’re right. On the other hand, I’m not pretending to do the job — I’m actually doing it."