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.
My husband, Dan Chmielewski, owns a public relations firm that represents technology companies. But I don’t write about any of his clients, which include Balabit, CleanTechOC, Corent Technology, DataLocker, DeviceLock, Lieberman Software, Network Box USA, OATH, the OC Tech Alliance, Peerlyst, ProBoards, RFaxis, Realsec, Securonix, Stealthbits Technologies, Spyrus, TextPower, Viewfinity and Yubico. To avoid even the appearance of conflict, I similarly avoid writing about security issues, which are a central focus of his practice.
I don’t accept any money, or anything else of value, from the companies I cover, or from their public relations or advertising agencies. I do frequently moderate panel discussions, for which I receive no compensation.
My husband and I have investments in various mutual funds that are managed by a financial consultant. I have no knowledge of when these funds buy or sell shares in the companies I cover. I own no individual company stocks.
Re/code is owned wholly by Vox Media, a company with an audience of 170 million worldwide. It has eight distinct media brands: The Verge (Technology and Culture), Vox.com (News), SB Nation (Sports), Polygon (Gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (Shopping, Beauty and Fashion), Curbed (Real Estate and Home), as well as Re/code (Tech Business).
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.
Dawn Chmielewski covers mobile, devices and digital media computing for Re/code from the Los Angeles area.
She is a veteran journalist, most recently at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for eight years as an entertainment writer responsible for covering two of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates, Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. (now 21st Century Fox). More recently, she has turned her attention to digital media — profiling new players shaking up the Hollywood status quo.
Dawn’s reporting about the Hollywood talent agencies led to a multi-part series about pedophiles working in the entertainment industry. These articles set the stage for a change in California law to require background checks for managers, publicists and others with unsupervised access to child actors.
Prior to the Times, she worked as a technology reporter and personal technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, where she chronicled Apple’s renaissance and the rise of file sharing networks. Dawn also previously worked at the Orange County Register, the Patriot Ledger and the Watertown Daily Times. She graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University.