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.