Stealth Journalism

TitleStealth Journalism
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Skipper, RB
Date Published12/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIn the wake of recent school shootings, Jonathan Viglotti, a journalist, entered seven New York City schools in the late fall of 2013 without being stopped. When he attempted to enter another three, school staff stopped him and prevented him from wandering unescorted through the halls. Is this undercover investigation justified to show holes in school security, or is this a violation of the Society for Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics which states, "Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public.”
NotesCase from the 2015 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition © Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Robert Boyd Skipper 2014