By John Bednarowski
APSE Second Vice President
John Canzano of the Oregonian/Oregon Live won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in Columns category for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.
Canzano won for his portfolio of five columns. The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. (Click here to register for the conference.)
The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald placed second. Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star finished third.
Sports editors in the 75,000-175,000 category submitted 54 entries in the column writing category. 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, 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.
The Columns category is judged based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal.
The top 10 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.
Shipley: Tracy Claeys has to go; this isn’t about X’s and O’s
Shipley: Time for Gophers to send a real message
Mad Chatter: The end of Kobe and Tiger is really the end of Air Jordan; Harbaugh fires back; Drew Ott denied
T-9. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune 17 points
T-9. Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier-Journal 17 points