Reimagining business journalism takes a village. We know, because we’ve been doing just that for the last 5 years.

Engaging sharp subscribers (as opposed to mass audiences) with insightful stories requires news organizations with both talent density and diversity. Last month, we introduced seven of our newest colleagues to you.

Today, I’d like to introduce two more.

Arpit Arora, our newest education reporter, fits right into our diverse editorial team. Arpit worked previously at CivicDataLab and Pratham, and his work has been laser focused on one thing–to use open data for finding solutions to India’s intractable education challenges. So far, Arpit’s been trying to understand and unravel the education system as a statistician. Now he’s going to do it as a writer, and bring all his analytical chops in reporting on India’s $180 billion education market.

The pandemic changed everything about Indian education. A record number of students of all ages went online to study. A record number of students are being left behind because they couldn’t access a smartphone. The biggest education company in the world is now Indian, not Chinese. And the government has fueled into action, the most sweeping educational reforms in two decades, which will expose the fault lines between private and public education.

It’s an exciting time to be an education reporter. And there’s no better place than The Ken to explore these intersecting themes.

Arpit is an avid cyclist, coffee drinker and enthusiastic list-maker. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics from Delhi University.

You can reach him at his [email protected], Twitter and LinkedIn. (We knew we’d made the best hire when he gave our weekly calls the title “Another Brick In The Wall”.)

Adhithi Priya Rajagopal joins our Editorial Design team as a Designer. She joins us from Dorling Kindersley (DK) Publishing, where she worked for the last three years creating visually engaging and intricate spreads for books covering diverse topics like travel, science and even philosophy.

Adhithi is adept at creating functional artwork which breaks down complex information into clear and concise visuals that fill in when words might fail. Her skill sets align with The Ken’s vision for Editorial Design – a minimal design language that simplifies information and presents it in a manner that does not create a cognitive load on subscribers.

Adhithi is 2018 graduate from NIFT, Chennai, where she specialized in Fashion Communication.

To follow Adhithi’s work (and of our Editorial Design team) just read our exclusive visual journalism offering, Visual Stories. It’s updated every day. You can reach her at her [email protected], and she’s also on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Here’s a brief snapshot of the diversity of the last set of colleagues to join before Arpit and Adhithi.

  • A Liberal Arts graduate from Ashoka University who is also a trained violinist
  • An engineer-MBA who was an analyst with Goldman Sachs covering China internet before turning journalist
  • A graduate from the Singapore Institute of Management who also paints and writes fiction
  • A sound engineering graduate who’s also a former professional DJ
  • A hardcore business reporter who’s not just handled multiple beats, but has also spent years on the desk shaping and editing other’s stories
  • An International Relations graduate who digs poetry and business in equal measure
  • An Economics graduate from St.Stephen’s who was briefly an entrepreneur with a GIF-based news service

If you want to be part of this incredibly diverse and talented set, please check out the current openings we have.

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Rohin Dharmakumar

Rohin is co-founder and CEO at The Ken. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an engineering degree in Computer Sciences from the R.V.C.E., Bangalore.

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