Not everyone got the memo
I pray you, good people, tyro and weather-beaten hack alike, to heed this piece of advice from HeadsUp: The Blog:
When you undertake to report on behalf of the public, you agree in advance to not be the sort of dimbulb who prints everything that comes over the transom.
Context may be useful.
For a fuller expression of maxims by which you might conduct your career as a journalist, the twenty-five commandments from Tim Radford, a former editor at the Guardian, will not steer you onto the rocks.