David_Tracy
David Tracy
David_Tracy
Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)
Jan 22
3

Agreed. There’s no business case for fixing this, given that the customer won’t see it unless she/he removes the door handle. 

Jan 21
6

I often wonder if my spelling would be bad if I didn’t have a keyboard at my fingertips.

Jan 21
5

Also, because journalists have such large platforms, they have the capability to affect stock price to their advantage. This, I think, has more potential to affect reporting than anything related to flights/lodging/food at press trips. (Though again, I maintain that even that is a suboptimal arrangement).

Jan 21
16

Per my previous comment, I do not find wining and dining “perfectly acceptable.” It’s an unfortunate side of this industry, and I wish we had a huge budget that allowed us to pay for it all on our own. With that said, there is a difference between this and buying stocks:

When journalists allow an automaker to fly them Read more

Jan 20
31

This is false. I have not ever, nor will I ever, write a story at the behest of an advertiser. I write what I want to write.

There is a wall between our ad team and our editorial team,  which is good, because Jalopnik writes with its readers in mind, and never with advertisers in mind.

Jan 20
26

That’s a good question. My view is: If you don’t know that you own car stock, then you can’t be influenced to write a certain way. That’s what matters: objectivity.

Jan 20
37

Owning stock in a company you cover is considered unacceptable in our industry. To your point about being wined and dined—it’s not perfectly acceptable. It’s the dirtiest part of our line of work. The way we handle it is: If you find yourself in a situation where you have to choose to receive special treatment from an Read more

Jan 20
31

Yes, it is a strict policy at Jalopnik, and at any established media outlet.

Jan 20
60

No automotive journalist should own automotive stock. It’s unacceptable.

Jan 20
77

Munro having stock in a car company whose image he shapes (whether he realizes it or not) is something I felt we should discuss, especially since Jalopnik plans to continue to cover Munro’s findings. 

Jan 19
7

I actually hadn’t seen this!

But yeah, the trucks have been around. It’s just cool to see them out testing.