By Mike Sherman, APSE First Vice President/Contest Chair

We are changing the way we release contest results in hopes of shining an even brighter light on the best of the best from Associated Press Sports Editors member organizations.

Starting Sunday, we will post a story on the winning entry in each category for the 2013 APSE contest. These posts will feature links to available entries for each of the top-10 finishers, along with links to the writers’ Twitter pages.

You’ll notice at least one other significant difference from previous contest results: Each story will include a list of the top 10 in order of finish in the judges’ balloting.

In early March, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Indianapolis selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries from 1 to 10 on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. 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 were determined by tallying the ballots.

In previous years, the final results listed the top 5 in order, and the other five were classified as honorable mention. This year, goodbye to honorable mention, hello order of finish.

Here is the release schedule:

Sunday, March 30: Beat writing

10 a.m.: Beat writing U30

Noon: Beat writing 30-75

2 p.m.: Beat writing 75-175

4 p.m.: Beat writing 175

Monday, March 31: Breaking News

10 a.m.: Breaking News 175

Noon: Breaking News 75-175

2 p.m.: Breaking News 30-75

4 p.m.: Breaking News U30

Tuesday, April 1: Columns

10 a.m.: Columns U30

Noon: Columns 30-75

2 p.m.: Columns 75-175

4 p.m.: Columns 175

Wednesday, April 2: Explanatory

10 a.m.: Explanatory 175

Noon: Explanatory 75-175

2 p.m.: Explanatory 30-75

4 p.m.: Explanatory U30

Thursday, April 3: Features

10 a.m.: Features U30

Noon: Features 30-75

2 p.m.: Features 75-175

4 p.m.: Features 175

Friday, April 4: Projects

10 a.m.: Projects U30

Noon: Projects 30-75

2 p.m.: Projects 75-175

4 p.m.: Projects 175

Saturday, April 5: Investigative

Noon Investigative

Sunday, April 7: Multimedia

10 a.m.: Multimedia A

Noon: Multimedia B

2 p.m.: Multimedia C

(Mike Sherman, APSE first vice president and contest chair, is sports editor of The Oklahoman. Email him at, follow him at @MikeSherman or call 405-475-3164.)