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The Food Lion Effect

How One Trial called the Ethics and Future of Undercover Reporting into Question

Katherine Wisen

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of The Food Lion Effect

The FOOD LION Effect How One Trial called the Ethics and Future of Undercover Reporting into Question Forms of Undercover Reporting Active Deception
Passive Deception
Masquerading History of Undercover Reporting Nellie Bly Upton Sinclair Pam Zekman The Pulitzer Prize 1971 - William Jones
1973 - The Chicago Tribune
1974 - The New York Daily News
1976 - The Chicago Tribune The Food Lion Case
Food Lion is a 1,100-store grocery chain in Salisbury, N.C.
Tips from labor unions and former employees
ABC PrimeTime Live goes undercover What They Found The Facts (and aired) FRAUD! TRESPASS! BREACH OF LOYALY! $5.5 million The Fall of Undercover Reporting? Undercover reporters were being taken to court.
Journalism manuals began discouraging the method.
The public said the method violated privacy and eroded public trust. Do some stories
require undercover reporting? Should "truth-seekers" use deception? Does the social good outweigh the bad done by deception? Some argue that undercover journalism is what sets
the professionals apart from the citizen reporters. Do you agree? What do you think is the future of undercover reporting?
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