By Mike Sherman, APSE First Vice President/Contest Chair
Mike Klis of the Denver Post took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2013 contest in the Breaking News category in the largest circulation category for his story on Elvis Dumervil’s botched contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.
Klis broke news of the “Dumervil Deadline Debacle,” which led to the Broncos releasing the three-time Pro Bowler after his contract was faxed to NFL headquarters six minutes and one second past the deadline. Klis will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2014 APSE Banquet June 28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
Balloting by six APSE judges gave Klis a narrow edge over runner-up Adam Skolnick of the New York Times and third-place finisher Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. The remainder of the top 10 is listed below in order of finish.
Sports editors in the over 175,000 circulation category submitted a total of 82 breaking news entries written or directed by APSE member sports departments in 2013. Contest catchers numbered each entry, assuring they had been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.
In early March, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Indianapolis 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 down to 1 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 breaking news category recognizes the best story off a sports news development (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc.) that occurred in the most recent news cycle.
Online or print stories are eligible. Judges weighed the various elements of a breaking news story, including timeliness, thoroughness, exclusivity and significance. Cover letters explaining these elements are permitted in this category.
The contest is open to APSE members. Go to this link to join.
2013 APSE Contest, Breaking New, over 175,000 circulation
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Mike Klis, Denver Post, (2), 45 points
2. Adam Skolnick, The New York Times, (1), 44 points
3. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, (2), 43 points
5. Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com, 31 points
6. Bob Hohler, The Boston Globe, 30 points
7. Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports, 29 points
8. Clark Spencer, The Miami Herald, 27 points
9. Kevin Manahan, USA TODAY Sports, 26 points
(Mike Sherman, APSE first vice president and contest chair, is sports editor of The Oklahoman. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him at @MikeSherman or call 405-475-3164.)