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Staff Writer (Telecom & Media)

Mumbai Editorial

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. 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 dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The entry of Reliance Jio into India’s telecom market has caused tectonic shifts across multiple industries. On one hand Jio is using its parent Reliance’s balance sheet, ambition and lobbying power to claw away market share from leading incumbents Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea. On the other, its strategy of offering cheap, high-speed data has spurred a “data revolution” for hundreds of millions of Indians. Riding on this are all sorts of players, ranging from Chinese apps to YouTube to OTT players.

The reporter will closely track the strategies and moves of leading telecom and media players as they battle each other for market share, subscribers and wallets. Convergence will be a reality in 2019 and the reporter will keep our readers ahead of the curve on how it shapes out.

The most important companies to watch here will be Hotstar, Netflix, Reliance Jio and Vodafone-Idea.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around telecom, media, Internet and startups.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering telecom and media; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize 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 their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on telecom and media
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Staff Writer (Telecom & Media)

Mumbai Editorial
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