Method Journalist is coined by Gretchen Sagan in 2009. Method Journalist describes a journalist or reporter who immerses themselves in their story that they are covering. Some assignments require undercover investigation and the reporter takes on a new name, persona, visage in order to ingratiate his/herself to the subjects and/or community they are researching.
Similar to method acting, the assumed persona takes over and the reporter tries to engender in themselves the thoughts and emotions of their characters in an effort to create lifelike performances. In some cases, the reporters are forced to immerse themselves fully into the character or persona of their adapted role to ensure their personal safety.