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.
There isn’t much to reveal. I do not own shares in individual companies, although I have invested in a various 401k plans through my employers and a 529 college savings plan from New York state for my son. I am not invested in any technology-specific funds.
I haven’t been offered any paid speaking engagements nor do I accept gifts or products from the companies I edit or write about. I don’t serve as a consultant to any companies.
I do own a small amount of shares in Thomson Reuters, my former employer. I wish them well.
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.
Ken Li has covered the intersection of technology and media businesses since 1997, watching the boom, bust and the return of innovation from New York. He has worked as a reporter and editor at news organizations including Reuters, the Financial Times, The Industry Standard, TheStreet.com and the New York Daily News. As a reporter for Reuters, Ken co-founded the “MediaFile” blog.
More recently, he was global editor of Reuters.com in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China and India and has led content strategy projects for the international news agency.
In a past life, Ken wrote a story for Vibe magazine that was the inspiration for “The Fast and the Furious” movies franchise.
He graduated from New York University with a bachelor of arts in journalism.