Times of San Diego award winners included (from left) Alexander Nguyen, Chris Stone, Ken Stone and Chris Jennewein.
Four of Times of San Diego six staff members hold awards from the San Diego Press Club in October 2018. They are Alexander Nguyen (left), Chris Stone, Ken Stone and Chris Jennewein. Not shown are Toni McAllister and Debbie Sklar.

Times of San Diego completed its fifth year of publication on Wednesday, with a youthful audience of engaged readers than now exceeds 300,000 a month.

The independent news site debuted on March 14, 2014. It drew 50,101 readers in its first full month. Last month, the site was read by 319,667.

“Five years of continuous publication in a highly competitive local market is an achievement, as are the numerous professional awards earned by the staff,” said Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher. “I’m proud of our staff and their accomplishments.”

Times of San Diego’s mission is to report the news in San Diego County for a new generation of readers who don’t subscribe to newspapers or watch television.

The website’s staff of six contributing editors and photographers publish an average of 20 articles a day on all local news developments.

The site is optimized for use all Internet devices — desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones — and is an active participant in the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project for ease of use with cellular networks.

As a result, the website’s audience is unusually young and mobile. In February, a record 62 percent of reading sessions were on smartphones, and a record 52 percent of readers were under the age of 45.

Because access to accurate news is crucial to democracy, Times of San Diego has been free to readers since its inception.  We don’t believe in the “paywalls” used by legacy newspapers, but are supported by local and national advertising as well as the voluntary contributions of our readers.

During Times of San Diego’s sixth year of publication, readers can expect increased coverage of state politics, a growing variety of political commentary, and extensive reporting on the 2020 presidential race in California.