By John Bednarowski
APSE Second Vice President
Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Projects category for the 75,000-175,000 circulation division.
Chatelain won for his project on former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. (Click here to register for the conference.) The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.
John Vogl of the Buffalo News placed second. Gregg Doyel, Curt Cavin, Will Higgins, Zak Keefer, Matt Glenesk of the Indy Star finished third.
Sports editors in the 75,000-175,000 category submitted 21 Projects 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 had 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 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 are determined by tallying the ballots.
The Projects category judges a Collection of articles that sheds new light on personalities and issues in the news, including trends and original ideas.
The top 10 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.
Sam Foltz’s best friends, nephew share hugs, memories of Husker punter
Thanks to exchanges with Fake Bo Pelini, Nebraskans got to know the real Mike Sadler
Chatelain: Tribute to native son Sam Foltz provides a memory for life
Chatelain: Sam Foltz’s family and Nebraska teammates give one another a lift
16 ex-Sabres among 104 fighting to force NHL to pay for medical care for post-concussion symptoms
No easy answers in concussion suit
Staff, Louisville Courier Journal 46 points (1 first-place vote)
24 hours at Churchill Downs
5. J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 38 points (1 first-place vote)
12 hot-button questions that surround Big 12 expansion, conference realignment and the addition of a title game for football
Big 12 expansion: Every conference wants its network to be must-see TV
Big 12 expansion: Adding a conference title game is about more than than money