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 do not own stock in any company that I report on, but I may make investments in mutual funds, over whose portfolio investments I have no direct control.
I don’t accept gifts, products or favors from sources or any company I cover. On occasion, I may borrow products in the short term from companies I cover if and only if those products may be returned after I have used them to inform my writing.
Outside of Re/code, I co-host a weekly podcast called Giant Geek vs. Mega n00b. This podcast is supported by monthly donations from friends and family via Patreon, a crowdfunding website.
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.
Eric Johnson writes about the videogame industry, as he has previously for AllThingsD.com, both on established and emerging platforms. He also oversees Re/code’s internship program.
Eric spent four years in radio at 95.5 WBRU in Providence, R.I. He also wrote for the Peninsula Press, while he was a student at Stanford University.
Eric holds a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford.