Govindraj Ethiraj

Founder, IndiaSpend & BOOM (

Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and founder & Managing Trustee of the award-winning &, both public interest journalism efforts that use data to investigate and tell stories. He is also Founder of fake news busting initiative BOOM ( IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) while FactChecker.In & are verified members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) apart of The Poynter Institute, USA. A career business journalist, he has reported and written on Indian business and the economy for the last 25 years. He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being Aegons Of Business, a conversation with entrepreneurs about specific phases in their journey on BloombergQuint. Previously, he hosted the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RS TV. Earlier, he was Founder Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. Before that, Govindraj spent five years with TV station CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channel's programming growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to television, he worked in print in The EconomicTimes, Business World and Business India magazines. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado and a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award 2014. He is also a McNulty Prize Laureate, 2018.

Govindraj is speaking at

October 6, 2018
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Seasons (Lobby Floor)



This session will offer tips about finding useful data for investigations from Asia and around the world, including links to both popular and little known online data that can lead to excellent, fact-based stories. The speakers will share their deep experience in identifying the best data for the right stories.

October 7, 2018
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Amber (3rd Floor)


  • Emily Goligoski (Speaker) Membership Puzzle Project
  • Ross Settles (Speaker) Adjunct Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong
  • Reg Chua (Moderator) Chief Operating Officer, Reuters News
  • Bridget Gallagher (Speaker) Principal, Gallagher Group LLC
  • Malou Mangahas (Speaker) Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Steven Gan (Speaker) Co-founder & Editor-in-chief, Malaysiakini
  • Govindraj Ethiraj (Speaker) Founder, IndiaSpend & BOOM (


This morning’s workshop is for start-ups, nonprofits, and new media on the business practices and revenue models underlying successful investigative journalism enterprises. What are the keys to a successful investigative journalism organisation or start up? How can such organisations diversify revenue, especially in more difficult areas of the world? What innovative practices will provide a strong base and financial structure to do important investigative journalism? Three global experts and five investigative journalism organisations from across Asia will join forces to share best practices and ideas.

Part One will focus on three essential sources of revenue: fundraising, audience engagement & revenue, and commercial income. 

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