By Mary Byrne, APSE Second Vice President
Mark Selig of the Columbia Missourian took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest for Columns in the under 30,000 circulation category.
Selig will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2015 APSE banquet on June 27 at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Balloting by six APSE judges ranked Selig ahead of runner-up Mike Szvetitz of the Opelika-Auburn News and third-place finisher Joe Walljasper of the Columbia Daily Tribune. The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages and entries.
Sports editors in the under 30,000 circulation category submitted 54 column entries written or directed by APSE member sports departments in 2014. All entries were stripped of their headlines, bylines and any other elements that would identify the writer or news organization.
In early February, preliminary judges at the APSE winter conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.
The Column Writing category is judged based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal. There is no restriction on subject matter and no requirement that the column appears regularly. Each news organization is permitted two entries in this category.
The contest is open to all APSE members. Go to this link to join.
2014 APSE Contest: Columns, under 30,000 circulation
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Mark Selig, Columbia Missourian, 46 points (1)
2. Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News, 43 points (2)
3. Joe Walljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune, 41 points (1)
4. Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser, 36 points (1)
5. John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, 36 points
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(Fifth column not available)
7. John Bednarowski, The Marietta Daily Journal, 31 points (1)
8. Peter Jackel, The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.), 24 points
9. George Artsitas, The World, 21 points
10. Matthew Peaslee, Steubenville Herald-Star, 18 points
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