Sarah Jones Reports LLC

"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.

Judging panel

Anna Bassi

Editor, The Week Junior

Anna Watkins

Chief Executive

Ashley Highfield

Johnston Press

Bill Hagerty

British Journalism Review

Chris Russell


Conor McNicholas


Dietmar Schantin

Institute for Media Strategies

Esra Dogramaci

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.

Iain Hepburn

Development journalist
BBC Sport Online

James Martin

Executive editor
The Huffington Post UK

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor
The Telegraph

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News

Kate Ward

Vice President of International

Keith Walker

Digital Director, Innovation
Time Inc. UK

Kevin O'Byrne

Creative Solutions Director
Time Out

Laura Swinton

Global editor
Little Black Book

Liz Vercoe

Editor and journalist

Maggie Hitchins

Digital editor-in-chief

Megan Lucero

Director of the Bureau Local
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Neil Hunter

Assistant Digital Editor (Operations)

Nick Creed


Patrick Falconer

executive director
The New York Times

Paul Hood

Head of Digital – Technology Division

Peter Clifton

Press Association

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Seb Joseph

News Editor

Yasir Khan

Digital Editor