"I'm looking for high editorial standards packaged in an out-of-the-box delivery. The most important thing is high editorial standards though. And I love being a judge because I've been a judge for the past two years and am passionate about news intersecting with technology in an editorially sound manner to help maintain an informed public."
Sarah Jones is an Istanbul based journalist with a passion for attracting young audiences to hard news. This year she was selected as one of the top one thousand most influential Twitter profiles from across the worlds of marketing, advertising, digital and media by The Drum, IBM's Watson and Twitter. In November 2016, she was invited to speak at the International Women and Justice Summit which was opened by Turkish President Erdogan. She spoke about the hypersexualization of women and girls in social media. In the Fall of 2016, CENTCOM invited Sarah to speak about the impact of social media on war to an audience of 120 mid to senior level military planners mainly from US CENTCOM and its subordinate commands, and participants representing Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. More than 67,000 people follow her under reported news tweets on Twitter.
In 2015, Sarah received an honorable mention from the Moscow International Foto Awards for photos she took while reporting in Manila on health and sanitation as an International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellow. In 2014 Sarah was named Best Journalist in Social Media by a panel of news industry leaders at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards that same year she was also one of ten international journalists selected by as a New Media Fellow by IRP. Sarah also participated in a panel on digital diplomacy alongside diplomats and private sector leaders in DC. The panel was hosted by Diplomatic Courier. Sarah has been invited to the Skoll World Forum as a delegate and a judge for the Online Media Awards for two consecutive years (2015/2016). She is also behind the annual international moment of silence and online event to help remember fallen journalists on May 3rd with the support of Plus Social Good, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Frontline Club and others.
Sarah is a member of Chatham House, Frontline Freelance Register, the National Press Club, the Chartered Institute for Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has worked with Reuters Trust; VICE; Al Jazeera America; CNN; ITN's Channel 4 News; Gulf News; BBC World Service; Brook Lapping Productions on the documentary "9/11: The Day That Changed the World"; and ABC 7 News in her hometown of Chicago on a biweekly feature called "Someone You Should Know." Sarah Jones is a graduate of City University London's International Broadcast Journalism master's program, which she received with merit.