There is no doubt that the Internet is changing the way journalists go about their jobs.
While this blog often concentrates on the impact that the media revolution is having on the law it is also important to acknowledge the change in media ethics.
Not too long ago everything written by journalists was subjected to editing multiple times before it was published. Social media and the Internet now allow for instant publication and this can sometimes result in the release of content that may not have throughly been thought through.
It is much easier to to write a post that may not take into consideration all of the verified facts or that may offend a victim or a victims family, than it is to pen a formal newspaper article.
Stephen Ward is pushing for an updated version of ethics to be taught to journalism students.
His article can be read here.