The Ken releases graphic story on Indian media

The Ken
The Ken releases graphic story on Indian media

The Ken, Indian business news website based out of Bangalore, has released a graphic story on ‘India doesn’t need better media.’ The ambitious journalistic effort is a product of long days of researching, writing, storyboarding, and illustrating and aims to create an impact on the news consumer.

The early drafts and sketches contained the small team’s raw and unfiltered expressions, which were later refined to their present state. Praveen Gopal Krishnan is the narrative artist behind the project. Sharath Ravishankar is the man behind the illustrations in the graphic story. The tale has been enriched by the journalistic perspective and research of Rohin Dharmakumar, chief executive officer and co-founder, the Ken.

The graphic narrative is the team’s effort to explain the history, motives and implications behind a seemingly simple regulation to ensure a “level playing field’ for India’s large, legacy news organizations. The expansive scope and broad language of the regulation could turn the clock back on how we have been discovering and consuming news each day. The story covers independent news websites, internationally respected publishers, news aggregators, Google News, The Ken and even Facebook or YouTube.

The story has a pacy narrative and a reading time of ten to fifteen minutes. The narrative aims to create a lasting impact on the reader and is available free of cost. Click here to read the story.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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