Defense News & C4ISRNET Journalists are Defence Media Awards Finalists

VIENNA, VA., September 12, 2019 – Sightline, the parent company behind media brands Defense News and C4ISRNET, announced that several of its journalists are finalists for various award categories at the 2019 Defence Media Awards. The winners will be announced on October 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Defence Media Awards were established to honor and recognize the work of defense journalists and publishers. At these same awards in 2018, Jen Judson was named the best young journalist, and our European editor Sebastian Sprenger took home the award for best training and simulation submission. In 2019, Sightline Media Group has journalists named as finalists in 7 out of 10 categories covering defense reporting. This is the biggest year, thus far, for Sightline’s business to government group of media brands.

Congratulations to the Sightline team for being named finalists in the following categories:

  • Best Young Defence Journalist – sponsored by NAMMO
    Kelsey D. Atherton – C4ISRNET

  • Best Naval Systems Submission
    Aaron Mehta and Joe Gould – US could lose a key weapon for tracking Chinese and Russian subs – Defense News

  • Best Breaking News story
    Valerie Insinna – The hidden troubles of the F-35 – Defense News 

  • Best Land Systems submission – sponsored by Northrop Grumman
    Jen Judson – US Army’s modernization efforts foster boom in US-foreign partnerships – Defense News

  • Best Technology Submission – sponsored by L3Harris
    Mike Gruss – Could artificial intelligence save the Pentagon $15 billion a year? – C4ISRNET 

  • Best Unmanned Systems submission – sponsored by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
    Jen Judson – Robots take on complex obstacles in US Army exercise – Defense News

  • The John Morrocco Award for Best In-depth Defense Reporting – sponsored by Boeing
    Aaron Mehta – How the US and China collaborated to get nuclear material out of Nigeria — and away from terrorist groups – Defense News

The Defence Media Awards program is produced by the same group behind Aerospace Media Awards which are announced in Europe typically during the Paris and Farnborough Air Shows. In July 2019, Defense News and C4ISRNET received awards for Best Young Journalist and Best Unmanned Systems Submission.

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For more information:

Stephanie Gildea | Director of Marketing
Sightline Media Group
Phone:  703-750-7400