Chris Carlson of Post-Standard won first place in The Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest in Explanatory in the C Division.

Taylor Eldridge of The Wichita Eagle and Ethan Joyce of Winston Salem-Journal tied for second.

Carlson will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 27.

Sports editors in the C Division submitted 38 explanatory entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Lisa Wilson and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Gary Potosky and Dan Spears prepared the entries. 

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 on a separate 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 winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive certificates.

Explanatory stories include trends, issues, original ideas and it should explain something. They shed new light on issues and personalities in the news. They are more than the feature and less than the project entry. They go beyond the “yesterday” of the breaking news story.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries.

  1. Chris Carlson, Post-Standard, 49 points, two first-place votes
    T-2. Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle, 38 points, one first-place vote
    T-2. Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem Journal , 38 points, one first-place vote
    4. Andrew Ramspacher, The State (Columbia S.C.), 34 points, one first-place vote
    5. Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 32 points, one first-place vote
    T-6. Sammy Batten, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, 31 points
    T-6. Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle, 31 points
    8. Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune, 29 points
    T-9. Sean Hammond, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), 24 points
    T-9. Mike Waters, Post-Standard , 24 points