By Robert Gagliardi
APSE Third Vice President
Frank Bodani of the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Projects category for the 30,000-75,000 circulation division.
Bodani won for his project on the 1954 Penn State football team. He 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 15 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 five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-place vote, four points for second and so on down to one point for a fifth-place vote. The final five were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-5 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 five is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.