Times of San Diego wins Best News Site for sixth year at SD Press Club Awards

Three-year-old Dakota hugs her father Sgt. Major Charles Latour.  Photo by Chris Stone
First place photo for stills, news, featured Dakota. 3, hugs her father, Marine Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris Stone

The Times of San Diego won 23 awards — including Best Local News Site for the sixth time — at Tuesday’s San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in Balboa Park. Ten entries took first place.

Ken and Chris Stone display ribbons representing their 19 combined awards at the San Diego Press Club event. Photo by Pauline Repard

Contributing Photographer Chris Stone and Contributing Editor Ken Stone, a married couple from La Mesa, received 10 and nine of these awards, respectively, for reporting, photography and video. They worked together on two projects.

Chris Stone swept all three spots in stills photography.

Del Mar’s Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher of the 8-year-old website, won individual first place badges for his election coverage and commentary. JW August initially provided a multicultural story.

“It’s an honor for an independent news site to be named Best in San Diego for the sixth time,” said Jennewein. “Thanks to Ken, Chris, JW and everyone on our team, The Times of San Diego continues to attract new readers and receive professional recognition.”

Hundreds gathered in the courtyard of the international houses for the club’s 49th annual event, its first in-person awards ceremony since 2019, sampling food and drink from 20 local restaurants and a range of cottages representing nations from Israel to Germany.

Nicole Vargas, a journalism professor at San Diego City College, became the newest president of the 51-year club, which includes print, online and broadcast journalists, public relations professionals and college students.

Special awards went to three men who recognized their careers in news, public relations and media management.

They were CBS8 reporter Steve Fiorina (Harold Keen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism), binational PR executive Jorge D’Garay (Andy Mace Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Relations), and retired KGTV Chief Assignment Editor Brad McLellan (Jim Reiman Award for Outstanding Media). Management).

The San Diego Union-Tribune staff and contributors won 55 awards, including 18 for first place in categories ranging from humor and real estate to podcasts and service programs.

Times of San Diego First Place Awards

  • Websites: News site: Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego contributor
  • Online and daily newspapers: Election coverage: Chris Jennewein, “Voter’s Guide to the San Diego County and State Races in the June 7 Primary.”
  • Online and daily newspapers: essay/commentary/opinion: Chris Jennewein, “Newspapers have squandered their profits from the monopoly era and are now blaming Google and Facebook”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Multicultural: JW August, “A San Diego Park’s Legacy Resonates During Black History Month, Pioneers of Chicano Culture”
  • Photography — Still Image: What’s New: Chris Stone, “Daddy’s Girls: Families Welcome Return of Marine Squadrons”
  • Photography — still image: photo essay: Chris Stone, “The Final Voyage of Honor Flight with WWII, the Korean War”
  • Photography — Still image: Portrait: Chris Stone, “Lonely Female Veteran of Honor Flight: Final Journey to DC”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Headlines: Ken Stone, “Times of San Diego Headlines Portfolio by Ken Stone”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Politics/Government: Ken Stone, “San Diego GOP’s Debacle Decade: Dems Have Won Voters 18 Times Faster Since 2012”
  • Online and daily newspapers: History: Ken Stone, Chris Stone, “San Diego WWII Vets Recall VJ Day: Hitting the Bars and Banana Cream Pie”

Second Place Awards

  • Online and daily newspapers: Education: Ken Stone: ‘Fired Because He Likes Trump? Student Teacher Sues USD, Subpoenas Biden, 2 Governors”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Feature – Serious topic: Ken Stone, “Echoing 9/11 at La Mesa: Lt. Thomas M. Adams and a Monty Python Loss”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Military: Chris Stone, “Witness raising WW2 Iwo Jima flag finally sees iconic statue: ‘So real'”
  • Online and daily newspapers: Sport: Ken Stone, “Fears Arise: Julia Hawkins, 105, Stripped of World 100-Meter Dash Record”
  • Photography – Still image: Feature film – Serious subject: Chris Stone, “Girl Among Firecrackers: The Year of the Tiger Welcomes to City Heights”
  • Photography — Still Image: What’s New: Chris Stone, “Couple hugs: Families greet naval squadrons”
  • Photography — still image: sport: Chris Stone, “Tara Davis at Mt. SAC Relays”
  • Photography — Video: News: Chris Stone, Ken Stone, “Video: Honor Flight Veterans Return to San Diego” (below)

Third place awards

Seven members of Francy Carbajal’s family gather on the Mexican side to wave to her. Photo by Chris Stone

Honorable Mention Awards

The Times of San Diego entered its ninth year of publication last spring with an average monthly readership of over 500,000. The independent local news website was launched on March 14, 2014.

A full list of awardees, including faculty awardees, can be found here.


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