By Mike Sherman, APSE President
Chris Anderson of the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune and Jesse Newell of the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal are the co-winners of the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest in Feature writing for the 30,001-75,000 circulation category.
Anderson won for “Finally Forgiven,” a feature on the life of former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter. Newell won for “Life-changing son,” a story on how Kansas nose guard Keon Stowers overcame a childhood surrounded by “guns, gangs, sex.” Both will be presented first-place plaques at the 2015 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 24-27 at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Anderson and Newell tied in APSE judges polling with 42 points each, edging third-place finisher Tom Noie of the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. Sports editors in the 30,000 to 75,000 category submitted 118 feature entries.The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Mary Byrne of USA TODAY Sports 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 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 1 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 Feature category is judged on human interest, reader interest, quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting. Each member news organization was permitted up to three entries in this category.
The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.
- (tie) Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), 32 points
(Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman and president of APSE. Contact him at 405-475-3164).