International Assignment Desk Editor - Atlanta, GA (21 Sept 2011- 18 May 2013)
Responsibilities under the guidance of the Supervising Editor include dealing with all breaking news and planned events within an assigned region or set of bureaus as well as the direct handling of coordination and facilitation of the numerous and variable editorial, logistical and technical details essential to the CNN News Group newsgathering needs outside of the US.
Articles By Sarah Jones
2 October 2011
US Officials Warn of Possible Retaliation over al Awlaki Killing (Contributed to news gathering)
28 October 2011
Turkish Death Toll Climbs, but Rescues Continue (Contributed to news gathering)
29 October 2011
Turkey Quake Toll Rises as Leaders mull Moving Homes at Risk (Contributed to news gathering)
4 November 2011
Two Swedish Journalists Face Terrorism Charges in Ethiopia
9 November 2011
Interview with Photographer who was Recently in the Blue Nile State -- Journalists and Relief Workers are Denied Access to This Part of Sudan
18 November 2011
Syria Accepts Arab League Plan "in Principle," Thought Questions Remain (Contributed to news gathering)
28 November 2011
3 Killed in Philippines Blast
21 December 2011
2 Swedish Journalists Await Ethiopian Court's Verdict on Terrorism Charges
South Sudan Claims Death of Top Rebel
Ethiopian Court Convicts 2 Journalists on Terrorism Charges
22 December 2011
24 Killed in Congo After Announcement of Election Results
2 Key Organizers of Rwandan Genocide Have been Sentenced to Life in Prison
23 December 2011
Deadly Flooding In Tanzania After Heaviest Rains in 57 Years
25 December 2011
China Launches Online Marriage Database to Fight Bigamy
27 December 2011
Kazakhstan Unrest Raises Questions Over Stability
28 December 2011
Swedish Journalists Sentenced to 11 years by Ethiopian Court
29 December 2011
US Embassy Withdraws Personnel from Afghan Media Center (Contributed to news gathering)
29 December 2011
Kazakhstan to Investigate Police Role in Protest Deaths
10 January 2012
Swedish Journalists Charged with Terrorism Will Not Seek Appeal (Contributed to news gathering)
21 January 2012
Mali Becomes First African Nation to Take War Crime Prisoners
Nigerian City Under Curfew After Coordinated Bombing Kills 7 (Contributed to news gathering)
11 February 2012
Man Wanted in Killing of Serbian Prime Minister Arrested in Spain (Contributed to news gathering)
Guinean Military Official Charged in 2009 Massacre and Mass Rapes
21 February 2012
Protests in Afghanistan over Alleged Burning of Quran by Soldier
Violence Continues After Protests Sparked by Alleged Burning of Quran
Ongoing Protests in Afghanistan over Alleged Burning of Quran ISAF
Shooting in Afghanistan Continues Deadly Trend (contributed to news gathering)
16 April 2012
Brazilian Police Arrest Family on Suspicion of Making Empanadas out of Human Flesh (Original pitch)
21 April 2012
Opiates Killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan Army Records Show (Original pitch and news gathering)
7 May 2012
Rare Japan Tornado (Original Pitch)
19 May 2012
Miner in China Rescued After 17 Days (Original pitch and news gathering)
21 May 2012
Mali Protestors Storm Palace and Beat Interim Protestors (news gathering)
23 May 2012
Military Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Former Tunisian Leader (Original Pitch and news gathering)
Somali AU troops Target Militant Stronghold
DOD officials disclosed to Filmmakers Identity of SEALS Team 6 Operator and Commander (news gathering)
28 May 2012
19 Killed and 17 Injured in Qatari Mall Fire (news gathering)
1 September 2012
South Africa Outraged By Murder Charge For Miners2 September 2012
2 September 2012
South Africa Drops Murder Charges Against Striking Miners
3 September 2012
Syria Sees Deadliest Week Yet
1 February 2013
French President to Visit Mali this Weekend
16 February 2013
British/Sri Lankan Journalist Shot in His Home in Sri Lanka (news gathering)
Stories: Amanda Knox Trial; Rabbani Assassination; Failed Assassination on Karzai Representative in South; French Hostage in Kenya; Desmond Tutu's Birthday; Dali Lama visit to Cape Town; Dr. Death Inquiry in South Africa; Rugby World Cup; Typhoon Nesat and Nalgae; Thai Minister Tweets; Denmark Fat Tax; Mauritania protests over census; Bolivian Protests over Controversial Highway plans; Acapulco Violence; Mexico City Walmart Fire; Putin Presidential Bid; Nobel Prize; Debt Crisis; Greece Economy and Protests; Brazil Bans Gisele Commercial; Amanda Knox, Turkey Quake, Floods in Latam, Elections in Liberia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, DRC pre-election period, Sudan South Sudan violence, Post Gadhafi Libya, Former Gadhafi fighters clash with Niger Army, Kim Jong Il Death, Congo Elections, Ivory Coast Elections, Russian Elections, Russian Protests, Death & Funeral of Late Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi, Angola Elections, Northern Mali, Mali, Munich Security Conferences, Corruption in Spain, Stalingrad 70th Anniversary, Europe Unemployment, Armenian Elections
Big Stories: Egypt Announced Runoff Election; Blind Chinese Activist Chen Comes to the US; Lockerbie Bomber Dead; Alleged Quran Burning in Bagram Airfield; Tahrir Square Clashes Reignite; Nigeria Kano Bombings
International Desk Trainee - Atlanta, GA (18 July 2011 - 23 July 2011)
Training under the guidance of the Supervising Editor responsibilities included: direct handling of the coordination and facilitation of the numerous and variable editorial, logistical and technical details essential to the CNN News Groups newsgathering needs outside the United State. Managed newsgathering within an assigned region as part of a team across breaking news and planned events.
July 18: Europe
- Monitoring Developments and Shadowing
July 19: News of the World
- Identified the male who had attacked Rupert Murdoch with a shaving cream pie
- Monitoring Developments and Fact Checking
July 20: Middle East
- Monitoring Developments and Shadowing
July 21: Latin America
- Nicaragua: Interviewed Nicaragua's Ambassador to the United States about President Ortega's proposal for a referendum which would allow the people of Nicaragua to determine whether they want to demand $17 billion from the US for it's role in the country's civil war as ruled by the International Criminal Court of Justice
July 22: Breaking News (Double Attack in Norway)
- Gained writes for videos and pictures via social media
- Helped gain clearance for pictures published by Norwegian Press
- Vetted and Booked Beeper (phone interview for live air) of Witness from the Conservative Party
- Vetted and Booked Beeper (phone interview for live air) who had witness both 9/11 and Oslo bombing with help and coordination of Wires
- monitored breaking news developments
Freelance News Assistant with Situation Room, John King USA, Reliable Sources and State of the Union- Washington, DC (5 July 2010 -31 July 2011)
Responsibilities include: Identifying videos and Images for Stories and Breaking News; Pulling SOT/soundbites for Air; Filling in as a Media Coordinator when the Dept is Short Staffed (ingesting, monitoring and recording feeds as well as sending recorded material); Associate producing for live interviews during breaking news; Still Photography of Major Events; Producing and Conducting Stake-outs; Logging Tape/Live Events; Scripts; Teleprompting and Guest Greeting
April 20th, 2011
Breaking News Tip: Around noon Non-CNN friends and colleagues gave word that two highly acclaimed journalists had been killed in Misrata but that their family had not yet been notified. Sarah emailed the International Desk Editor responsible for Libya coverage at 12:24pm citing the information was not yet reportable as families had not been notified and that no official source had yet gone on the record. Through the support of the international desk on this tip, CNN began to work as a team and reach out to it's contacts to varify families had been notified and to confirm the story through official sources before reporting that Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros had passed.
April 9th, 2011
Best of CNN Still Photography: 12 Still Photos taken during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC were selected to be part of the Best of CNN Group within CNN Images
Still Photography: Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC morning after the potential government shutdown deadline
April 8th, 20011
Breaking News-Monitored Twitter for Network Coverage: Monitoring domestic coverage and breaking news on twitter for the count down to the potential government shutdown
March 13th, 2011
Breaking News-Provided CNN Wire Story and News Read For State of the Union: Japan Meteorological Agency released a statement that there was a 70% chance that Japan would face aftershocks with a 7.0 magnitude or higher by the 16th of March. This information was also sent to State of the Union and was written into the program and delivered as a news read by host Candy Crowley
March 12th, 2011
Brief on High Profile Interviewee for Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: Produced Full Brief on French Foreign Minister Alan Juppe
February 15th till March 2nd, 2011
Breaking News Assistance for Newsdesk (Middle East Unrest): Research, Desk Assistance, Stakeouts
February 17th, 2011
Contributed to CNN Wire Story: Contributed to CNN Wire StoryPresident Obama Details Conservation Plan under the leadership of Tom Cohen in the DC Bureau.
February 15th, 2011
Flagged Story for Wires: Flagged that "General Petraeus Out in Afghanistan by the End of the Year" at around 1812 after reading the HuffingtonPost's article. The article referenced the Times of London report which said the General is expected to leave his post as commander of United States troops in Afghanistan.
Provided Videos of Iran Protest: Provided link to over 70 videos of the February 14th protests in Tehran
February 11th, 2011
Ahead of the News Curve: Sarah predicted unrest in Libya would begin on February 15th after finding that over 7,000 People had signed up on facebook to protest against Libya's President.
Breaking News Tips: When the President of Egypt resigned after nearly 30 years in power, Sarah provided the tip that the Egyptian President had handed over power to the Supreme Military Council. The second tip was that Reuters was reporting the Supreme Military Council was planning to sack the entire cabinet, suspend both houses of Parliament and govern with the head of the Supreme Court.
Breaking News Man on the Streets for DC Angle: Produced 'Man on the Streets' during a celebration outside of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC after the Resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
Breaking News Still Photography for DC Angle: On a CNN owned digital camera took two rounds of still photos of the Celebration of "Egypt's Transition to Freedom" outside the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC. Photos were then given to a CNN Photojournalist.
Breaking News Monitoring Wires and International Coverage: Monitored Arabic language news broadcasts for coverage of Egyptian President' Hosni Mubarak's resignation
Breaking News Background Footage: Provided links to dozens of videos taped in more than 21 cities worldwide of people protesting in solidarity with Egypt prior to Mubarak's resignation
February 9th, 2011
Provided CNN Wire: Within 45 minutes of receiving a tip shared with CNN that a Journalist had been shot in Haiti, Sarah provided CNN Wire with the Journalists name, age, location of the incident and details surrounding his death.
February 6th, 2011
News Making Interview with the Egyptian Ambassador to the US, Sameh Shoukry: Sarah originated all questions for this interview during a stakeout and asked the Ambassador what role he foresaw for the Youth Coalition with regards to Egypt's future. The Ambassador said the Coalition was important in communicating the needs and wants of the protesters and that he thought they would be important in the years ahead.
Produced copy for CNN Wire Which Was Turned into Two Dot Com Stories: Provided resources and copy for CNN wire on President of Afghanistan's statement that he will be announcing the Afghan Security Handover on March 21st 2011. The Dot Com Story Karzai: Security Transfer To Afghan Control Will Start in March was later written by CNN Wire Staff and can also be found via this second link as well.
January 29th, 2011
Called-in to Continue Provide Assistance to Two Person Editorial Team during Breaking News Coverage: Provided confirmed Reuters report during live coverage which was used on air during panel discussion with experts (Germany threatening to withdraw aid to Egypt over violence and it has been providing aid since 1960's); Monitored news for major developments via Twitter; Pitched interview questions for high profile guest; Attended editorial meetings with Senior Producer, Producer and co-Anchor of breaking news coverage- Wolf Blitzer; and provided assistance to Senior Producer and Producer responsible for DC based coverage of the unrest in Egypt.
January 28th 2011
Assisting with Breaking News Coverage: Provided detailed two paged brief summarizing the socio-economic unrest in Egypt which was based on information provided by primary sources/personal contacts and research
January 18th, 2011
Pitched Story Becomes Tell on Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: Pitched story on NBC interview with Dick Cheney during which he revealed that he may consider a heart transplant in future. The pitch became a tell during the Situation Room's 6pm hour and was read as a news cut in by Lisa Sylvester on the 18th of January 2011.
January 14th, 2011
Originated Pitch for Mainbar on Website: Originated pitch on MLK Day's 25th anniversary for dot com to feature on January 18th 2011. CNN Wires wrote about MLK day and featured it on the website as a mainbar story on the 18th of January 2011. The story received over a thousand "likes" on facebook.
October 20th, 2010
Torture Footage: Shared raw footage of Indonesian Soldiers torturing People in West Papua after fact checking film sent by Sarah Jones Reports supporters. In addition, Sarah provided photographs which had been emailed to her proving that the incident was not isolated and also provided details for potential interviewees including those who had witnessed similar incidences first hand.
September 12th, 2010
Still Photography: Tax Payer Tea Party March in Washington DC
September 9th, 2010
Breaking News: Contributed Tip received from Sarah Jones Reports supporters which helped CNN break news that Iran would be releasing hiker Sarah Shroud three hours before it was reported by the Associated Press
September 5th, 2010
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August 28th, 2010
Still Photography: Restoring Honor Rally in Washington DC
Freelancer with Special Investigations Unit (SIU) -Washington, DC (18 October to 31 July 2011)
Sarah Jones has been independently investigating international Human trafficking since 2007 and traveled throughout Europe from 2008 to 2010 to learn more about trafficking abroad from first hand accounts. While Freelancing with CNN, she was asked by Senior Producer Scott Bronstein to assist SIU with coverage of Human Trafficking.Sarah's contributions were as follows: originating pitch, providing a lead in, drafting a paper treatment, and providing interviewees for off camera interviews and on camera interviews including a high profile official involved in anti-trafficking efforts.
Freelancer with In Focus Series- Washington, DC (23 September 2010 - 31 July 2011)
Responsibilities as a Freelancer with CNN's In Focus include: proofreading and editing reporter proposals, story summaries and cnn.com text; story development; research for anchor intros; editing wall video; collecting wall elements for studio shoots; assist with gaining clearance for on-location field anchor shoots; keeping track of status of packages in Atlanta, New York and DC; ordering air checks; assisting with scripts and font pages; mannaging facebook page; logging drafts of pieces for feedback process and music cue sheet; booking travel; monitoring and updating cost center and back billing; and setting up screenings for bureau and compiling notes on program for other departments.
Freelancer Training w/ Political Unit- Washington, DC (14 December 2010 - 17 December 2010)
Trained with Political Unit on the Following Responsibilities: news gathering, following wires, copy editing reporter stories and posting/publishing reporter stories.