By Robert Gagliardi
APSE Third Vice President
Austin Meek of The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in Explanatory Writing for the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.
Meek will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.
Sports editors in the 30,000-75,000 category submitted 66 explanatory entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Jeff Rosen and fellow APSE officers Tommy Deas, John Bednarowski and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry, assuring they has been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.
In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country, 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 for second and so 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 are determined by tallying the ballots.
The explanatory category judges a single story along with any accompanying sidebars or graphics/charts that help supplement the story. However, sidebars were not required reading by the judges. Explanatory stories include trends, issues and original ideas. They shed new light on issues and personalities in the news.
The top 10 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.