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.
Training is central to Learning
Great newsrooms are always experimenting, innovating and learning. And central to that is a great Training function, and a Training Editor.
The Training Editor will work directly with our writers to assist, mentor and coach them on their journalistic storytelling. The scope of this role extends from pre-writing stages like generating story ideas; presenting them as compelling pitches; structuring reporting; and conducting efficient secondary research, to writing compelling copy; self-editing; using narrative techniques to tell complex stories; and using different storytelling formats.
From our long form stories to interviews, newsletters and visual stories, the training editor has the big picture on formats, techniques and diversity.
Having visibility across the entire newsroom, the Training Editor will be expected to spot common patterns that are best addressed through, say, group training programs or codified best-practices. At the same time, when the need arises, the Training Editor is also expected to individually mentor writers in a hands-on manner.
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 organization, 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 organizations 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. The Ken’s stories are also known for being deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated. This requires the ability for our writers and our newsroom to balance things like ethics, disclosures, fact checking, storytelling abstractions, legal considerations etc. while being able to tell clear, simple and compelling business stories.
While devising training programs and interventions, the Training Editor will be expected to help writers go deeper into their beat areas by utilizing the expertise of external domain experts via, say, guest lectures. An example could be getting a respected stock analyst to explain how to read financial statements with an eye to spotting anomalies.
An ideal candidate should have at least 8-10 years of experience. This is a leadership role and the person doing it will be expected to take charge of growing it into a strategic function at The Ken; contribute to leadership discussions around editorial policy, products, growth and hiring; and proactively suggest ways to improve our stories and products.
Though we operate in a distributed and hybrid environment, we may give preference to candidates based in Bengaluru. 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.
If what we said above resonates with you, we’re pretty sure you’ll find The Ken is a great place for you.
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.