1. This understanding of facts and opinions will allow them to be able to distinguish what are people’s opinions and what is true. It will determine whether the news articles are accurate so that the readers are not misinformed, people are not offended, people’s privacy is not invaded and rumours cannot spread.
2. The immense size of cyberspace and the extent of information available may intimidate audiences and cause information overload. Furthermore, it may be difficult for audiences to distinguish between credible news websites and other non-official news websites. This can lead to confusion and misinformation so news outlets publish articles with the same topic, they have to ensure that their information does not contradict each other as information can be spread very quickly through the internet. Journalists need to write accurate news articles by verifying their articles before they are published so they do not to compromise the accuracy of the articles for time. As one of the most significant advantages of online journalism is its immediacy, journalists in this medium have the unique ability to publish news events as they happen. They can then update the stories to include subsequent information easily and speedily at any time of the day or night. As soon as the information is uploaded to the web, it is available around the globe. This is why it is crucial for news articles to be accurate as there can be big implications if it is not accurate.
3. The recent shift towards online journalism, however, has left some gaps and grey areas in journalistic ethics. The Journalistsâ€™ Code of Ethics and other ethical guidelines are yet to be updated to reflect modern technology and the changes it has brought to the world of journalism. Thus there are limitations in online journalism regarding the issues of surveillance, censorship and privacy. Advertising pressure is another ethical issue for internet publications. This is significant as independence is a critical component of journalistic ethics. In print and broadcast media it is easier to distinguish advertisements and editorials from news than it is online. So discerning readers must know how which articles are news and which are not. They should not spread rumours and respect the rights of others and their privacy by not spreading any information found on the article that may be inaccurate to other people.