Jason Munz of the Commercial Appeal won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category C Projects.

Munz will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.

Adam Fisher and Greg Hardwig of the Naples Daily News finished second and Jim Seimas of the Santa Cruz Sentinel was third.

A Projects entry sheds new light on personalities and issues in the news, including trends and original ideas. It is pre-planned content that is conceived and executed as a larger body of work. It is not ongoing coverage of a news event over a period of time where a number of stories are compiled for an entry.

Sports editors in Category C submitted 14 entries. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.

Because this year’s in-person APSE Winter Conference was canceled due to the pandemic, all judging was remote during three weeks in February. Each category had a set of judges examine all entries, choose a Top 10 as a group (in some cases, the ranking includes fewer or more than 10 entries), and each of those judges ranked the finalists individually. A second set of judges in each category then also ranked those finalists.

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 fifth-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

The top 5 is listed below with links to the winning entries, and voting results.

1. Jason Munz, The Commercial Appeal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 28 points, 5 first-place votes

2. Adam Fisher, Greg Hardwig, Naples Daily News 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17 points, 1 first-place vote

T3. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 16 points

T3. Theo DeRosa, The Commercial Dispatch 1, 2, 3, 16 points

5. Joey LoMonaco, Taft Coghill Jr., Steve DeShazo, The Free Lance-Star 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 points