Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest in Breaking News in the over-175,000 circulation category for his story on Alex Rodriguez’s confession to the DEA that he had used steroids.
Weaver will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2015 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner on June 27 concludes the APSE conference at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Weaver received three of a possible six first-place votes from APSE judges, who ranked him ahead of runner-up Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun and third-place finishers Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez of the The Star-Ledger.
The top 10 is listed below with links to each writer’s Twitter page and available entries.
Sports editors in the over 175,000 circulation category submitted a total of 90 entries from APSE member sports departments in 2014.
The contest is open to APSE members. Go to this link to join.
In early February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 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 breaking news category recognizes the best story of a sports news development (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc.) that occurred in the most recent news cycle.
Online or print stories are eligible. Judges weighed the various elements of a breaking news story, including timeliness, thoroughness, exclusivity and significance. Cover letters explaining these elements are permitted in this category.
Here are the top 10, listed in order of finish:
- Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com, 23 points, 1 first-place vote
(Tommy Deas, APSE second vice president , is sports editor of The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Email him at email@example.com, follow him at @tommydeas or call 205-722-0224.)