Ethics



Curbed Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Curbed has determined the following statement of ethics which all employees and freelancers agree to abide by.

GIFTS/FREEBIES

Editors may accept gifts/freebies valued at less than $100, so long as the acceptance of the freebie in no way compromises or guarantees editorial coverage of the event/product/service.

Any item given to an editor with a value of over $100 must be specially approved and disclosed on the site. An example of an acceptable freebie in this category would be a brand offering a free night in a hotel to an editor. In such an instance, the post covering the hotel must disclose the arrangement with the brand.

ADVERTISING

Curbed has advertisers on our site; they are our primary source of revenue. Our company, Vox Media, employs a dedicated advertising team responsible for selling ad space on Curbed. The Curbed editorial team does not accept money or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable. All editorial content on Curbed is based on the editorial team’s discretion, not on the desire of any company, advertiser or PR firm.

Our website may also contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may be paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. But again, our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. From time to time, Curbed may publish sponsored content, and will always clearly label such content as sponsored.

PERSONAL CONFLICT

Any employee of Curbed who has a spouse, partner, or other close relationship with an employee of a company which Curbed covers will disclose the relationship on the site and/or recuse themselves from coverage of that topic.

CORRECTIONS

Curbed makes every effort for stories to be accurate upon publication. Mistakes brought to our attention will be corrected, but entire stories will not be removed.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES

Our editors and news writers are often asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on various television, news, radio, or other media. These appearances do not constitute endorsement of any products, companies, or services discussed.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Employees of Curbed may not be otherwise employed by or receive compensation from real estate companies, real estate developers, architects, interior design firms and companies that they are likely to cover as part of their news beat, nor are they permitted to have any advisory role (paid or unpaid) at those companies.

GIVEAWAYS

From time to time, Curbed will conduct contests and giveaways for readers on the site. We will post rules for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate. While giveaways or contests may be sponsored by an advertiser or partner, they are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.


Eater Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Eater has determined the following statement of ethics which all employees and freelancers agree to abide by.

CONDUCT

Eater critics do not accept free dishes or meals from restaurants or their representatives unless they are items given to other patrons or regulars. If a conflict exists between a critic and a chef or restaurateur (be it friendly or otherwise) the critic will recuse himself from reviewing that restaurant or very clearly disclose the conflict. Eater critics will not attend media dinners, press previews, or friends and family meals. Eater critics will strive for anonymity when reviewing restaurants, meaning they will make reservations under assumed names, avoid posting photos of themselves publicly, and refrain from revealing their identities when introduced to chefs and restaurateurs. Eater critics will not abuse their title to obtain favors, including reservations and choice tables

Eater editors are permitted to attend media events, press previews, and friends and family meals but will not accept comps during the course of a regular restaurant meal.

GIFTS/FREEBIES

Editors may accept gifts/freebies valued at less than $100, so long as the acceptance of the freebie in no way compromises or guarantees editorial coverage of the product/service. Examples of acceptable freebies that fall under this category include a special dish sent out by a restaurant’s kitchen during a meal that the editor is otherwise paying full price for or swag from events an editor is covering.

Any item given to an editor with a value of over $100 must be specially approved and disclosed on the site. An example of an acceptable freebie in this category would be a brand or company paying to fly an editor to a food event in Europe. In such an instance, the first post covering the event must disclose the arrangement with the brand.

ADVERTISING

Eater has advertisers on our site; they are our primary source of revenue. Our company, Vox Media, employs a dedicated advertising team responsible for selling ad space on Eater. The Eater editorial team does not accept money or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable. All editorial content on Eater is based on the editorial team’s discretion, not on the desire of any company, advertiser or PR firm.

Our website may also contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may be paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. But again, our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.  From time to time, Racked may publish sponsored content, and will always clearly label such content as sponsored.

PERSONAL CONFLICT

Any employee of Eater who has a spouse, partner, or other close relationship with an employee of a company which Eater covers will disclose the relationship on the site and/or recuse themselves from coverage of that topic.

CORRECTIONS

Eater makes every effort for stories to be accurate upon publication. Mistakes brought to our attention will be corrected, but entire stories will not be removed.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES

Our editors and news writers are often asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on various television, news, radio, or other media. These appearances do not constitute endorsement of any products, companies, or services discussed.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Employees of Eater may not be otherwise employed by or receive compensation from restaurants and companies that they are likely to cover as part of their news beat, nor are they permitted to have any advisory role (paid or unpaid) at those companies.

GIVEAWAYS

From time to time, Eater will conduct contests and giveaways for readers on the site. We will post rules for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate. While giveaways or contests may be sponsored by an advertiser or partner, they are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.


Racked Ethics Statement

The following statement of ethics has been determined by the Racked editorial team, and all employees and freelancers have agreed to abide by it.

PURPOSE

Racked covers shopping, but we are not in the business of selling products. We aim to provide a comprehensive, honest look at the retail landscape, both on the local and national level. Editorial content on Racked is based on our editorial judgement, not on the desire of any company, advertiser, or PR firm.

LISTINGS AND REVIEWS

Racked often lists shopping events and sample sales, but we do not profit from these events or accept payment to promote them editorially. We do not accept payment for reviews, and we will not exchange coverage in return for products or VIP access.

Our editors do sometimes accept early access to sales and events in order to facilitate coverage. This does not impact our editorial choices, and if we feel that our ability to report accurately is impeded by such treatment (i.e. if we’re allowed into a sample sale before it fills up with people), we will return when the event opens to the public in order to assess it from a reader’s perspective.

GIFTS/FREEBIES

Editors may accept gifts/freebies valued at less than $100, so long as the acceptance of the freebie in no way compromises or guarantees editorial coverage of the product or service. Examples of acceptable freebies that fall under this category include beauty products, fitness classes, and swag from events that editors are covering.

Any item given to an editor with a value of over $100 must be specially approved and disclosed on the site. As an example of an acceptable freebie in this category, if an editor is covering an expensive beauty treatment, the brand might comp the treatment so that the editor can write about it from a place of knowledge. In such a case, the editor would need to reveal that the treatment was comp’ed in the resulting post.

ADVERTISING

Racked has advertisers on our site; they are our primary source of revenue. Our company, Vox Media, employs a dedicated advertising team responsible for selling ad space on Racked. The Racked editorial team does not accept money or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable. All editorial content on Racked is based on the editorial team’s discretion, not on the desire of any company, advertiser or PR firm.

Our website may also contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may be paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. But again, our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.  From time to time, Racked may publish sponsored content, and will always clearly label such content as sponsored.

PERSONAL CONFLICTS

Any employee of Racked who has a spouse, partner, or other close relationship with an employee of a company which Racked covers will disclose the relationship on the site. When a Racked contributor has affiliations of prior employment experience that would represent a material conflict of interest with their reporting, that information will be disclosed in context or footnotes of that piece.

CORRECTIONS

Racked makes every effort for stories to be completely accurate upon publication. When mistakes are brought to our attention, inaccurate stories will be corrected but not removed.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES

Our editors and news writers are often asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on various television, news, radio, or other media. These appearances do not constitute endorsement of any products, companies, or services discussed.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Employees of Racked may not be otherwise employed by or receive compensation from stores and companies that they are likely to cover as part of their news beat, nor are they permitted to have any advisory role (paid or unpaid) at those companies.

GIVEAWAYS

From time to time, Racked will conduct contests and giveaways for readers on the site. We will post rules for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate. While giveaways or contests may be sponsored by an advertiser or partner, they are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.