Morgan Timms of the Jackson Sun won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2018 contest in Video for the D Division.

Timms’ video on a high school baseball player who lost an arm in an accident finished ahead of Joshua Jones from the Athens Banner-Herald and Autumn Allison of The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.).

Sports editors in the D Division submitted 22 video entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Todd M. Adams and fellow APSE officers John Bednarowski, Lisa Wilson and Dan Spears prepared entries, which included online links to stories for the first time this year.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Orlando, 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.

Timms will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2019 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta on June 19. The second- through 10th-place writers will receive frameable certificates.

The judges looked for videos with the strongest storytelling, with visual and auditory quality being considered. A cover letter to explain if the video stood alone or supplemented a written story was allowed.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries..
1. Morgan Timms, Jackson Sun, 53 points (2 first-place votes)

2. Joshua Jones, Athens Banner-Herald, 41 points (1)

3. Autumn Allison, The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., 40 points (1)

4. Jonas Pope IV, Durham Herald-Sun, 39 points

5. Liv Paggiarino, Columbia Missourian, 38 points (2)

6. Courtney Pedroza, The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., 36 points

7. Cameron La Fontaine and Joey Schneider, Columbia Missourian, 25 points

8. Jane Allison Havsy, Daily Record, Rockaway, N.J., 20 points

9. Zac Carlson, GoPowercat.com, 19 points

10. Sa’Riah Ponder, The Tuscaloosa News, 18 points


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