Pictured above: Doug Mitchell and Mitra Kalita at a Dow Jones News Fund alumni mixer during #ONA16 in Denver. Photo: Heather Taylor


In an opinion piece for CNN.com, Dow Jones News Fund alumna Mitra Kalita pinpoints the moment she found her calling to journalism. It all started at the Hugh N. Boyd Summer Journalism Workshop at Rider University with a viewing of Boyz n the Hood. 

Mitra wrote: “I decided that the power to make decisions about what people read, see or watch is the ultimate power indeed. I vowed to be more reflective, inclusive and accurate in my portrayal of the world. Just as John Singleton was.”

Read her full commentary, “John Singleton directed this scene that changed my life” here.

Mitra is the senior vice president for news, opinion and programming for CNN Digital.