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CNN Today

CNN20: International News Gathering, Behind the Scenes at CNN

Aired January 7, 2000 - 1:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANNOUNCER: Bringing you the world for 20 years, this is CNN.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: International desk.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I need to get a beeper out of Norway.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we're going to go with the nat sound after this.

EASON JORDAN, PRES., NEWS GATHERING & IND. NETWORKS: Outside the United States, we have 26 bureaus and they are overseen by an international assignment desk here in Atlanta, which is made up of people from all over the world -- journalists from all over the world who contribute to our news coverage and for CNN USA, CNN International, and for all of the CNN networks.

We have international assignment editors who are assigned to specific bureaus, to specific regions, and those people, in many cases, are experts and speak the language, or come from the region. Right now, the international managing editor, the person responsible for all international coverage of CNN, is a native of Iran, Parisa Khosravi. She speaks not only Farsi and French, but does Zoroastrian and other languages, and is a tremendous asset.

PARISA KHOSRAVI, MANAGING EDITOR, CNN INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Our job is to make sure that the news of the day is covered, whatever that may be. And that is a big responsibility because if you're doing a side story and you're losing track of the big picture, at the end of the day, your coverage is not balanced and accurate. So that is our decision. A lot of times you're trying to get somebody on the phone and trying to see if the story is checking out, multi-sources. It's our job, you know, finding the right sources, double checking them, making sure it's correct.

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