Stunt Journalism Hall of Fame

The inaugural class of the Stunt Journalism Hall of Fame. Future stories will be chosen by readers and purveyors of stunt journalism.

Ten Days in a Mad-House

 Nellie Bly / New York World / 1887

One of the most affecting stories by one of stunt journalism’s pioneers. Bly pretended to be insane and got herself committed to Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her story led to reform of the institution.

 

My Outsourced Life

  A.J. Jacobs / Esquire / 2005

Jacobs, one of the most prolific and best-known stunt journalists, turned over much of his life to an executive assistant in India. The writing’s hilarious. The insight into globalization runs deep.

 

Believe Me, It’s Torture

  Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair / 2008

Military veterans tortured Hitchens, as he desired. His story powerfully conveyed the horror of the experience and helped shape the debate around U.S. interrogation methods.

 

“Hut-Two-Three . . Ugh” A Writer Proves to Be a Paper Lion at QB

  George Plimpton / Sports Illustrated / 1964

Plimpton played out the fantasy of being a professional athlete with his customary sense of adventure and literary flair.

 

I Ate Nothing But Burritos for a Week

 Brendan Klinkenberg / Buzzfeed / 2015

A landmark in modern stunt journalism. Klinkenberg goes for deep immersion and too-much detail about a questionable but entertaining quest that blows up on social media.