Here is a statement of my ethics and coverage policies. It is more than most of you want to know, but, in the age of suspicion of the media, I am laying it all out.
I have 401K and IRA accounts, as well as an account with a private wealth manager, that invest in a wide-ranging basket of stocks, over which I have no knowledge or control. I do not invest in any technology stocks or other companies that I cover.
I have a stake in Bowles Farming, my family’s cotton and alfalfa farm in the Central Valley. I do not plan to write anything about farming, no matter how many times you beg.
I don’t do paid consulting, speaking, writing or video work for the companies or industries I cover or accept travel or accommodations from them.
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Vox Media has a number of investors, including, but not limited to, Comcast Ventures and NBCUniversal, both of which are owned by Comcast Corporation.
My posts have total editorial independence from these investors, even when they touch on products and services these companies produce, compete with, or invest in. The same goes for all content on Re/code and at our conferences. No one in this group has influence on or access to the posts we publish. We will also add a direct link to this disclosure when we write directly about the companies.
Nellie Bowles is currently writing a book about tech culture for Hachette Books. A former staffer, she contributes regularly to Recode on a variety of topics about the people, trends and community behind tech. Nellie also writes for other publications, such as California Sunday. She was previously a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
The sixth-generation San Franciscan studied at Columbia University, receiving degrees in comparative literature and psychology, magna cum laude and a Rhodes finalist, before completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Swaziland. While abroad, Nellie freelanced for Foreign Policy and the Mail & Guardian, as well as doing multimedia work for The New Yorker.