10 Best Stunt Journalism Stories of 2017

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I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant on TripAdvisor

 Oobah Butler / Vice / December

“In that moment, it became my mission. With the help of fake reviews, mystique and nonsense, I was going to do it: turn my shed into London’s top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.”


The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

Melissa Chadburn / Longreads / December

“One altered resume later I joined a temp agency and became the biggest ghost of them all, a member of America’s invisible workforce: people who ship goods for big box stores like Wal-Mart or Marshalls, sort recyclables for Waste Management, fulfill online orders for Nike, bottle rum for Bacardi.”


I Lived Like Trump for a Day and It Almost Killed Me

 Eve Peyser / Vice / December

“I struggled to understand how anybody, never mind the literal president, manages to live like this.”


I Wore a Colin Kaepernick Jersey to an NFL Game

 Tim Rohan / Sports Illustrated / September

“I explained to the man that I was just a reporter working on a story. I wasn’t here to make a statement, but rather, to find out how people would react to the sight of the jersey.”


I Ate Like Billionaire Warren Buffett for a Week — and I Felt Awful

 Kevin Reilly and Bob Bryan / Business Insider / October

“Warren Buffett is the one of the world’s wealthiest people. His diet consists of fast food and almost no vegetables. Bob Bryan ate like Buffett for 5 days. By the end, he was craving only vegetables.”


I Ate Like Tom Brady for a Week

 Michael Easter / Outside / May

“The three recipes in every box are ‘designed to help athletes and active individuals stay at their peak.’ Starry-eyed and hopeful that this might be my ticket to NFL stardom, I decided to try it out.”


What It’s Like to Live Off Blue Apron Free Trials for a Whole Month

 Tasbeeh Herwees / GQ / June

“Harnessing the kind of wiliness that only an extremely broke millennial with unaffordable tastes could possess, I devised a plan to eat for free for as long as I can using free trials wherever I could find them. And I pulled it off.”


I Read Only News for Kids for an Entire Week

 Justin Peters / Slate / March

“What, exactly, are these children reading? I wanted to find out. For a week in mid-February, I stepped out of the news cycle and read nothing but Newsela. I wanted to see what total immersion in its product would tell me about the world as children are being encouraged to see it.”


I Spent the Night in a Dog Hotel. And I’d Go Back.

 Cathy Alter / Washingtonian / August

“I contacted the owner, Leah Fried Sedwick. She told me that a lot of people ask, ‘Can I stay here, too?’ when they drop off their dogs. Except they’re only kidding. I am not.”



 Dan Rodo / Dan For a Week / April

“I tried living an entire week while wearing HULK HANDS. This means sleeping, eating, using the bathroom….EVERYTHING! This is my adventure!”