Defense News takes home two defense awards

OCTOBER 15, VIENNA, VA – Sightline, parent company of Defense News, announced that its journalists walked away with two awards at the 2019 Defence Media Awards in Washington DC. Jen Judson won Best Un-manned Systems submission and Valerie Insinna won Best Breaking Story.

The Defence Media Awards recognize the work of defense journalists and publishers and covers the many sectors of the defense industry. The awards were presented at the National Press Club in Washington DC. “We’re honored to be recognized among the many incredible defense journalists. I know the reporters with Defense News feel so honored to do the work they do each day,” says Jill Aitoro, Executive Editor of Defense News.  

This is the second year in a row Sightline Media Group has won at this particular awards show. At these same awards in 2018, Jen Judson of Defense News was named the best young journalist, and our European editor Sebastian Sprenger, also with Defense News, took home the award for best training and simulation submission.

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. 


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For over 30 years, Defense News has been the authoritative news source about the programs, politics, business, technology and acquisition of defense. With industry leading digital, mobile, print and video/broadcast platforms and a worldwide network of reporters and correspondents, Defense News provides an unparalleled reach and influence that makes it the global leader in defense media. For more, visit

About Sightline Media

Sightline Media Group is the leading news organization covering military, defense, public sector, federal technology, C4ISR and cyber defense. Our independent, award-winning journalism offers coverage from around the globe, from Sightline headquarters in the Washington, DC area to bureaus and correspondents in the U.S. and around the world. Our portfolio of multimedia products — web, mobile, TV, print and custom publishing — provides our audiences and clients with the information and insights they need to thrive and grow, For more information, visit