“With a background in traditional journalism as well, Mitra will join The Times as managing editor for editorial strategy. She will focus on helping us remake how the newsroom works and on creating new forms of journalism,” said The Times in a press release.
Kalita will report to Editor Davan Maharaj. She joins Marc Duvoisin, who oversees news and enterprise, while Larry Ingrassa will focus on developing editorial products with revenue potential for new ventures.
Kalita is expected to refine new styles of journalism similar to her work with Quartz. She is also part of newsroom efforts in audience acquisition.
About the addition of Kalita, the L.A. Times said, “The news environment and the needs of readers are changing more rapidly than at any time in the history of our industry. The Los Angeles Times should do more than keep pace with that change; we must strive to lead it.”
Before coming to the L.A. Times, Kalita was the founding ideas editor for Quartz. She also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Mint, a business newspaper based in India, Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She also served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association