Jere’ Longman of New York Times takes first in APSE’s large-organization Breaking News category

By Jeff Rosen

APSE First Vice President

Jere’ Longman New York Times won first place for Breaking News in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest’s Over-175,000 circulation category.

Longman, who won for coverage of a school-bus accident that left a cheerleader dead following a playoff victory by the Iraan (Texas) High School football team, will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet in June. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Summer Conference in New Orleans.

Placing second in the Breaking News category was Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post. Rustin Dodd of  The Kansas City Star was third.

Sports editors submitted a total of 50 entries in the Feature Writing category this year. 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 in this category, 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 then given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings were determined by tallying the two sets of ballots.

The winners in each category will receive a plaque at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. The second- through 10th-place entrants will receive frameable certificates. (Click here to register for the conference.)

Judges in this category were looking for the best single article about a sports news development (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc.) that occurred in the most recent news cycle. Considered were timeliness, thoroughness, exclusivity and significance.

Here is the top 10, with links to writers’ Twitter pages (where applicable), APSE member websites and winning entries.

1- Jere’ Longman, New York Times, 43 points, two first-place votes

A Stirring Victory for a Texas High School. Then the Unthinkable.

2- Troy E. Renck, Denver Post, 42 points, three first-place votes

Peyton Manning retires from football after 18 NFL seasons

3- Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star, 41 points, one first-place vote

How Ben Zobrist and his family celebrated an epic World Series victory and MVP honor

4- Mike Klis, Denver Post, 37 points

How Muhammad Ali was the most culturally iconic, transcendent sports figure of all time

5- Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, 32 points

Herman leaves UH for ‘dream job’ at Texas

6- TIE John Branch, New York Times, 31 points

Ken Stabler, a Magnetic N.F.L. Star, Was Sapped of Spirit by C.T.E.

6- TIE J.P. Hoornstra, Southern California Media Group, 31 points

Dodgers trade A.J. Ellis to Phillies for Carlos Ruiz in exchange of catchers that stirs emotions in clubhouse

8- Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 28 points

NFL will return to Los Angeles for the 2016 season

9- Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News, 27 points

Doug Pederson returning to Philly as Eagles coach

10- Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo, 18 points

NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans

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