Glenn Jordan wins 30-75K Explanatory contest

Glenn Jordan of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2015 contest in Explanatory writing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category for his story on how non-traditional adventure races by for-profit organizations were taking a toll on local charity events.

Jordan will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2016 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 22-25 at the Omni-Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.

Balloting by six APSE judges ranked Jordan ahead of runner-up Alicia Wincze Hughes of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and third place finisher Bret Strelow of the The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Sports editors in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category submitted a total of 66 explanatory entries written or directed by APSE member sports departments in 2015. Contest chair and APSE first vice president Tommy Deas 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 late February-early March at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., preliminary judges selected a top 10 ranked, with each judge listing the stories in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which also ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots, giving an entry 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to 1 point for a 10th-place vote.

The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.


1. Glenn Jordan, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram 60 points, 6 first-place votes

Splashier contests luring runners out of local races, organizers say


2. Alicia Wincze Hughes, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader 38 points

Chief steward, peers defend Espinoza’s use of whip in Derby


3. Bret Strelow, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer 33 points

In light of Deflategate, lack of a universal ball in college hoops has bearing in ACC


T4. Jason Smith, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) 32 points

IN A WORD: Pastner takes stand against racial insensitivity, but has word in question been redefined


T4. Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho) 32 points

Varsity Extra football: 8-man schools across state share enrollment struggles


T4. Eric Detweiler, Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews 32 points

UNCW track & field’s demise was a work in progress


7. Donnie Collins, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) 29 points

RAILRIDERS 2015: Time will tell if pitch clocks will fix baseball


T8. Nathan Brown, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) 25 points

Uncalculated tragedy


T8. Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel 25 points

In UT rape case, a battle over social media access


10. Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette 24 points

Data reveals Ted Thompson’s draft success

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