A writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in print and electronic media, Joe Brown worked for much of that time at the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle newspapers, before taking a gamble and moving to Las Vegas to work at the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and Las Vegas Weekly magazine.
Now based in Pasadena, Joe's primary areas of interest include arts and entertainment, lifestyle issues, media and gadgets.
Here is a statement of my ethics and coverage policies. It is more than most of you want to know, but, in this age of suspicion of the media, I am laying it all out.
Nothing to see here, really: I own no stocks, technology-related or otherwise, nor would I make any investments related to any editorial material I might edit or cover. I hope to someday enjoy my vested pensions from my previous employers, the Washington Post Company and the Hearst Corporation, but I have no information or input about the management of those funds.
I am not a paid consultant or speaker for any company, but I do occasionally contribute as a freelance writer to California Magazine and other publications. I have never been offered, nor would I accept, gifts or products of any kind from companies I edit stories on or cover.
Recode 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 Recode (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 Recode 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.