Kinfay Moroti of The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2015 contest for short video in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category for his entry on Tiara Brown and her training for the U.S. Olympic trials in women’s boxing.

Moroti 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 Moroti ahead of runners-up Larry Bohannan and Marilyn Chung of the The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) and third-place John Albert of The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.

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 11 short video entries 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 3, with each judge listing the videos in order from 1 to 3 separately on a secret ballot. The final 3 were given to a second judging group, which also ranked the entries 1-3 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots, giving an entry three points for a first-place vote, two points for second and 1 point for third.

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


  1. Kinfay Moroti, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) 18 points, 6 first-place votes

Tiara Brown: “I fight for all the people who gave up on their dreams.”


  1. 2. Larry Bohannan and Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) 10 points

Sports Moments: Three presidents play golf


  1. John Albert, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle 8 points

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