Sightline Media Journalists to Receive Awards from Peers

Written by Stephanie Gildea June 8, 2020 0 comment

VIENNA, VA., June 8, 2020Sightline Media, the publisher of Military Times, Defense News, C4ISRNET, Federal Times and Fifth Domain, today announced that its journalists have been recognized as winners and finalists by various award-giving bodies in the last week alone. 

The announcements came from different highly-respected organizations that support and recognize journalism, some of them focused on the military, defense and national security space.

“Our entire organization is proud and moved by these accolades presented to our colleagues,” said David Steinhafel, CEO at Sightline. “To have gotten recognition for their journalistic accomplishments at this time in our history is a reminder of the service our journalists provide. We are committed to supporting our newsroom in their continued mission to provide independent, fair and valuable journalism.” 

Stephen Losey, senior reporter at Air Force Times won the Print/Online Overseas: Small Market Award from the Military Reporters and Editors Association (MRE) for “Start Finding Me, Boys,” a dramatic account of the shoot-down and rescue of then colonel and now current Air Force chief, David Goldfein. The MRE Journalism Contest and Awards recognize outstanding military reporting in several categories. MRE is a leading membership organization for defense reporters and other professionals in the national security field. Read the official announcement here

On the business to government side, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) DC Chapter just announced winners and finalists of the Dateline Awards. SPJ is the oldest organization representing journalists in the United States. Jill Aitoro, executive editor at Defense News won best editorial/opinion writing for Wait, where are all the women?  Other Sightline journalists were finalists in various categories.

And finally, the Aerospace Media Awards which are typically awarded at Farnborough and Paris Air Shows also announced finalists last week. For years they have honored the most thoughtful and groundbreaking international reporting and influential journalists focusing on the commercial and defense aerospace market. Winners for 2020 will be announced in July.

  • Valerie Insinna was named a finalist for:
    • Aerospace Reporter of the Year
    • Technology Writer of the Year
    • Best Military Aviation Submission
  • Aaron Mehta was named a finalist for:
    • Aerospace Reporter of the Year
  • Jill Aitoro was named a finalist for:
    • Best Aerospace & Defence Business submission



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