Binoy Prabhakar | Moneycontrol

Season 2, Episode 6,   Jun 02, 2022, 09:48 PM

Today, I am joined by Binoy Prabhakar. He is the executive editor at Moneycontrol, one of India's largest business news platform. Binoy is also a former Senior Editor at the The Economic Times and was a fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism in New York. Currently, he runs an efficient newsroom, working with interdisciplinary teams, building successful journalism products for the Indian market and finding innovative business solutions. 
I met Binoy during our fellowship at CUNY and it was so good to catch up. We discussed monetization plans for media platforms, how to build a great work environment and the myth of work-life-balance.

Some key takeaways:
  • Moneycontrol is the flagship but there are other products Binoy is working on
  • he is working on a live streaming service which is highly challenging,
  • Binoy leads a team of 100 journalist and is planning on hiring more journalists
  • editorial team works very closely with the tech and product team (how to monetize products and how to do events) as well as the audience engagement team (they do so to understand consumer complaints)
  • very agile understanding of a continuous innovation process, always looking for ways to develop new products
  • diversifying revenue streams is key. you can monetize e.g. through
    • ads
    • branded content
    • subscription
  • newsletter is a lucrative product - new experiments with what time to send it out is very helpful
  • the collaboration process is very transparent and structured - easy to use tools (Slack, Zoom etc.), 
  • journalists should be good human beings
  • Binoy tries to always create a lot of warmth in the newsroom (focusing on little things, helping each other out)
  • empathy is very important
  • leaders should be hands-on and obsessed about their product
  • while building the team, Binoy started with people having financial skills and then included skilled journalists

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  • Produced by Linda Rath
  • Photo by Binoy Prabhakar
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  • Podcast Cover by Nicole Koppe
  • Episode Cover Art by Stephan Gensch
  • Music/Jingles by Mara Niese