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Podcast & Audio Stories Editor

Bengaluru Editorial

The Ken is India’s first subscriptions-based media publication.

Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and 100+ corporates.

Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with an office in Delhi.

About the role

In 2020, The Ken is launching audio stories and podcasts.

Why are we doing this? For two reasons:

  • It’s what our subscribers want more than anything else. Audio stories and podcasts consistently show up as the most requested product in our subscriber-only surveys, feedback emails, and our community interactions.
  • We believe that the audio format complements The Ken’s core product, and simultaneously has the potential to act as an independent, unique offering. Our reporters and editors understand how to tell deep, analytical and narrative stories – both our stories and our learnings transcend formats, and can be easily applied to audio. Plus, the success of podcasts like The Daily by the New York Times and The Journal by WSJ has shown us how high-caliber journalism can be brought to more readers and listeners, funded by subscriptions.

We have known this for a while, but we waited and took our time before we decided to do it. Why? Because at The Ken, we understand the value of doing fewer things, and we choose to do new things when we have a compelling vision and resources to build a world-class product.

Now, we are ready. That’s where you come in.

The Podcast and Audio Stories’ editor’s role is to be the voice of The Ken. You will be the person who decides what The Ken sounds like. It’s a role that expands and delivers what our products are already known for – quality over quantity, attention to detail, depth, narrative storytelling, insight, wit and personality.

As our first hire, you’ll get an opportunity to define the product vision, craft it, and launch our first set of audio products. You won’t have to worry about finding an audience – our tens of thousands of subscribers are already waiting for you.

We are looking for someone with ambition, creativity and the drive to do this. The work will be a combination of long-term strategy with short-term execution. We have a culture of ownership. and prefer generalists who love to get their hands dirty – you do not need to be an expert in editing and audio mixing (although that will be a plus!), but you’ll need to understand audio storytelling, have an interest in the technology, business landscape, write tight scripts, work with our editorial, marketing and product teams to define and execute our audio strategy, and maybe host a podcast yourself.

If you are selected, this is all yours – from top to bottom.

Experience

2-6 years experience in broadcast journalism or some form of audio storytelling. Experience in business, technology or healthcare journalism is a plus.

This is a full-time in-house role. No freelancers or part-time applicants please.

Location​

Bangalore, India

Compensation​

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

The ideal candidate is someone who has the following :

  • A confident, clear and unique storytelling voice and style.
  • An ownership mentality – the ability to grab something, define it and do whatever it takes to get it done.
  • A strong sense of curiosity, of the world around, of the stories we tell, of our reporters and editorial staff, and how audio businesses work.
  • Comfortable with working with multiple teams with diverse individuals who are really good at what they do.
  • Creative. Can’t stress this enough.
  • A close fit with the culture and values of The Ken. This is non-negotiable. You can read more about our culture here.

Application

Bonus points if you send us a link to a short recording hosted on Soundcloud/Spotify/YouTube along with your application below.

Podcast & Audio Stories Editor

Bengaluru Editorial
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