When writing any story, no matter whether it's in brief or a deeply researched feature story, journalists need to make sure they adhere to the MEAA Code of Ethics. Section one is particularly relevant to reporters who sacrifice accuracy for getting the story out as fast as possible:
Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.With the speed now required when uploading information to the world wide web, the onus is now on the reporter to check for accuracy, legality and ethical issues.
According to Wilkinson, Grant & Fisher, reporters who have previously had a phalanx of editors to check their work are now often finding themselves forced to do their own editing as they rush to file their stories online (2009, p. 68)
Wilkinson, JS, Grant, AE & Fisher, DJ 2009, Principles of Convergent Journalism, Oxford University Press, New York USA.