Since 2016, The Ken has been on a mission to make business journalism more meaningful, rewarding, and original. Not just for our subscribers in Southeast Asia and India, but for our journalists too. If you’d like to work and learn alongside the smartest set of colleagues working together around business journalism, subscriptions, and digital products, apply to us.
Old business houses face up to the new economy
As fascinating as the rise of India’s internet economy is how some of the country’s storied industrial houses are coming to terms with it. There’s Reliance Industries’ attempt to shake up both B2C and B2B e-commerce with JioMart, and its quest to do for solar energy and hydrogen what it did for oil.
On the other hand, the 154-year-old Tata Group has bet the house on a superapp by buying an e-grocer and online pharmacy, among others.
The Ken has chronicled these conglomerates’ sometimes-smooth but often-painful transition to the digital economy. Understanding this shift would be incomplete without a deep look at how they are financing it. That’s exactly what The Ken has done; a case in point is a story unravelling the complex web that is Adani Enterprises, the debt-fuelled flagship and incubator powering the ambitions of India’s richest individual.
But, why stories?
Because it’s not enough to merely report news events. Or to just collate events and facts into an article, and hope for readers to do the work of understanding their relevance.
At The Ken we believe in writing original and deeply reported business stories with a strong narrative element. Whether a long form feature or a sharp newsletter or a data-driven analysis, we pay a lot of attention to getting our storytelling right. That means giving our writers enough time to report, write and edit their stories – on average around 10-12 days for just one story.
They are also given enough creative space to tell their stories using words and visuals. A dedicated Desk Edit team works behind the scenes to provide valuable feedback all across the idea or pitch right till the published final draft. And being a subscriber-driven organisation, the feedback doesn’t stop after publishing. Our global community of subscribers is a rich daily source of feedback and learning around every story.
And why you?
Not many organisations these days ask what journalists want. Instead, roles are often structured around what they’re expected to deliver. We like to think of it in reverse. Great journalism comes from newsrooms that place journalists and their interests, ambitions and preferences at the centre of their storytelling.
We started The Ken in 2016 with the desire to create a place where talented, ethical and ambitious journalists could build and sustain a newsroom to tell important stories without being pressured to file “exclusives”, churn out copycat pieces or meet impossible story “targets”.
Today, a Staff Writer writes about 2-3 stories a month. Some also write their own weekly newsletters, to build a stronger and more personal connect with their subscribers.
Our journalists are supported to formulate their own point of view. The stories they do aren’t thrust upon them, but come from their own innate desire to tell them. This means we’re looking for reporters who want to learn and improve; tell their own original stories; and develop and hone their own points of view.
The Ken has been at the forefront of chronicling the highs and lows of India’s tech ecosystem. If the first phase of its evolution was led by venture-capital-funded startups, crucial to the second are deep-pocketed old-economy corporate groups desperately seeking a piece of the lucrative pie. The Ken’s stories catch the attention of a wide range of stakeholders, from concerned users to companies and policymakers who are empowered to act based on the insights from the stories.
An ideal candidate should have at least 3-4 years of experience–as a reporter covering one or more of India’s conglomerates; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or a hands-on professional within the sector.
In addition, you are:
* Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from your network
* Able to synthesise multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
* Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
* Able to stick your neck out with informed opinions when required
* Build source networks with employees, leaders, founders and investors in the companies
If what we said above resonates with you, we’re pretty sure you’ll find The Ken is a great place for you.
While The Ken does not chase scoops, we do place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That is especially true of this role.
We work across numerous time zones. You will collaborate via tools like Slack, Zoom, Coda, and Google Suite with a distributed newsroom comprising award-winning journalists across multiple countries, editors, visual designers, podcasters, product managers, and developers.
What we offer
One of our tenets is to offer the most competitive salaries and meaningful benefits we can to our colleagues.
* Great salaries
* The latest Apple Macbooks
* A flat, non-hierarchical, and open culture
* A universal ESOP plan
* Health insurance for you and your family
* Cutting-edge learning opportunities, whether it be on journalism or subscriptions products
* Unlimited leaves
* Company-sponsored therapy
About The Ken
The Ken is a pan-Asian, online business publication founded in India in October 2016. We pioneered and built the category of subscribers-only business journalism and are known for our consistently deep and analytical coverage of business, technology, and policy. We are backed by venture funding from Omidyar Network and highly respected angel investors.
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Our diverse community of more than 40,000 subscribers comprises innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives, venture investors, knowledge professionals, policy makers, college students, and dozens of the world’s best-known companies.