Code of Ethics

One of the reasons The Ken was started was to practice ethical journalism. This means we take responsibility for our work and explain our decisions to the readers.

Because we practice analytical writing, along with deeply reported and opinion pieces, which we label accordingly, it puts immense responsibility on us. We arrive at the story, analysis, or a viewpoint based on honestly gathered facts.

When we commit errors, we acknowledge our mistakes, correct them and make our expressions of regret public. If by chance we are unfair, we provide remedies.

We count as investors many successful and well-known angel investors, thus if any story involves them and there is a potential conflict of interest, we will provide disclaimers at the end of all such stories.

We understand the long-term implications of the permanence of published stories and hence we will provide updated information as appropriate.

Our promise is to provide good reading experience and keep advertising to minimum, if not zero. If and when we bring advertisers on board, we will treat them as openly as we treat our news sources and ensure that one does not influence the other.

Newsroom Conduct

Our biggest asset is the trust of our readers – which we’re glad to have today and want to continue building upon. Toward that we strive to practice editorial integrity of the highest order.

The Ken staff members do not accept gifts, discounts, reimbursements or any other inducements from any organization or individual that they write or are likely to write about.

We do not pay for getting access or interviews, nor do we accept a fee for publishing such material.

Whenever writing about people, companies and other parties, especially when stories are likely to impact them, we try all possible means to reach out to them and give them a chance to respond to questions (or criticism or allegations of wrongdoing). In most cases it is 48 hours or two working days, in other instances, which may involve breaking news, we reduce the window to 24 hours.

Our writers consider motives of sources before promising anonymity. We grant anonymity to sources who may face harm or retribution, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere.

We always attribute. As far as possible we use quotes verbatim, but if paraphrasing, we ensure not to distort the meaning or context.

Over and above these, there will arise new and tricky situations which will demand editorial judgment. We will take fresh calls and wherever possible, we will keep our readers informed.