Thank you for supporting our work and our community – The San Diego Union-Tribune | Team Cansler

Dear subscriber,

As we prepare to ponder and give thanks for the blessings in our lives this week, my colleagues and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for reading and for being a loyal subscriber to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Your paid subscription allows us to bring you award-winning journalism, as well as host and support dozens of events that bring our community together throughout the year.

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the inaugural Festival of Journalism on October 15 at San Diego State University. We hope you were inspired as we listened to a variety of journalists discuss some of the biggest stories and issues in our region.

Festival of Journalism

(Studio Luniste)

During the festival, UT Studio Productions presented a screening of the documentary “Journalism at Risk”. The murder of two journalists in Tijuana in January was a reminder of the dangers of reporting in Mexico. Journalism at Risk is a five-part video series that goes behind the scenes with the journalists telling Tijuana’s stories. You can watch the documentary here.

The Festival of Journalism was presented by the Union-Tribune, SDSU School of Journalism & Media Studies, KPBS and Voice of San Diego. We would also like to thank the more than 25 media and journalistic organizations and the dozens of reporters and editors who helped make this event a success.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch many of the panel discussions and learn more about our partners at

UT staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters 2022

Pictured left to right: Union-Tribune Community and Public Relations Director Luis Cruz and Community Relations Manager Paola Hernández-Jiao; Judy Grade, big sister’s mentor; 2022 Courage Award recipient, little sister Natalie Alcaraz; MAAC President and CEO Arnulfo Manriquez.

(Roger Martinez)

The night before, the Union-Tribune sponsored the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County – 60th Annual gourmet dinner. This year’s theme was “The Big Show” and attracted 700 business and community leaders to raise funds for the organization and its mentoring programs.

2022 San Diego International Film Festival October 21

From left to right: David Salzburg, founder and filmmaker of Valor Media Group; Alison Jayne Wilson, director of EXIT; Paola Hernández-Jiao, UT Community Relations Manager; Monica Dean, anchor/reporter at NBC7 San Diego; dr Brook Bello, founder of More To Life; Tonya Mantooth, Co-Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival; and producer Angelo Paletta.

We support the 21stSt The annual San Diego International Film Festival ran October 19-23 and included the return of the Opening Night Film Premiere, the Night of the Stars Tribute and Culinary Cinema. This year’s program included social impact films on issues such as refugees, environmental sustainability, social injustice, human trafficking and LGBTQAI+.

MANA de San Diego Latina Success Conference 2022

Left to right: Lisa Davis, MANA de San Diego Volunteer; Paola Hernández-Jiao, UT Community Relations Manager; Inez González Perezchica, Managing Director of MANA de San Diego; Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas; Adela Garcia, Chair of MANA de San Diego Latina Success; Claudia Rempel, CEO of MANA de San Diego; Sonja Diaz, founding director of the UCLA Latina Policy and Politics Institute; Alex Munro Rankin, Artistic Director of UT Commercials; and Maria Benitez, vice president of the board of MANA de San Diego.

(MANA from San Diego)

On October 22, MANA de San Diego held its 2022 Latina Success Conference, which included keynote speaker Sonja Diaz, JD, MPP, founding executive director of the UCLA Latino Public Policy Institute, and panel sessions on professional and personal support for Latinas Goals. In addition to our sponsorship of the conference, UT Community Relations Manager Paola Hernández acted as moderator for the event.

We were also a sponsor of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Community Challenge Weekend 2022, held October 21-23 in Mission Bay. The event is CAF’s largest fundraiser of the year and includes activities for challenged athletes, their families and friends, and supporters.

2022 North County Philanthropy Council Volunteer Awards Luncheon

Left to right: Tiffany La Mar, Board Member, North County Philanthropy Council; Luis Hernandez, co-founder of Lasso Safe; Christine Barbara, Union-Tribune sponsorship and event marketing manager; Luis Cruz, Community and Public Relations Director; and Fiona Leung, Director of Events and Sponsorships.

Thanks to subscribers like you, we were once again able to sponsor the North County Philanthropy Council Volunteer Awards Luncheon on October 28th, celebrating our community’s volunteer heroes. Funds raised help ensure the continuation of the organization’s professional development and mentorship programs throughout the year.

Awards and Honors

I would like to congratulate my colleagues at the Union-Tribune on being honored with 56 awards, including 19 first place awards, at the San Diego Press Club’s 49th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards last month. Not to be outdone, our colleagues from the Union-Tribune Community Press won a total of 61 awards, including 18 first place awards. In total, Union-Tribune and Union-Tribune Community Press received 117 awards in the categories of newspaper, magazine, photography, TV online, public relations and radio/podcast.

Before I say goodbye, I also want to thank our veterans and those currently serving in the military. The Union-Tribune was once again a proud sponsor of Fleet Week San Diego this month, and I have had the privilege of meeting many of the men and women serving our country at Fleet Week San Diego’s 21st Anniversary Elisted Recognition Luncheon. It was an honor to spend time with these brave young people and get to know them better.

All of us at the San Diego Union-Tribune appreciate your loyal readership. Thank you again for supporting our work and our community.

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Luis Cruz
Community and Public Relations Director
The San Diego Union Tribune

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