Miscellaneous things NYT staffers are not allowed to do:
· Hold political office or wear campaign buttons or attend political rallies.
· Culture staff who collect objects of art must submit lists of their acquisitions to their editors.
· Reporters who own individual stocks that may be relevant to their beats must disclose them and business and financial editors that determine the placement of stories may not own them at all.
· Spouses are also scrutinized with regard to all of the above. (Best not to have a spouse.)
· On free food: "A simple buffet of muffins and coffee at a news conference, for example, is harmless."
The Code [New Yorker]