March 26, 2018

By Robert Gagliardi, APSE Third Vice President

Shelby Lum  of the Richmond Times-Dispatch won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in short video for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category. Lum won for a video on brain damage and Richmond-area high school football.

Lum edged the staff of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., which finished second for a video on the commitment of Waggener High’s Tahj Rice on ‘super’ Tuesday.

The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair John Bednarowski and fellow APSE officers Jeff Rosen, Todd Adams and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry. Preliminary judges selected a top five, and from there another group of judges ranked the finalists in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-place vote, four for second, etc. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the 2018 APSE Summer Conference at the Marriott Hotel Nashville/Vanderbilt University June 17-20. The second- through fifth-place winners will receive frameable certificates.

The 75,000-175,000 short video category consists of videos no longer than five minutes. Entries were judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality also was considered.

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

  1. Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 22 points, 2 first-place votes

            brain damage and Richmond-area high school football

  1. Staff, The Courier-Journal, 20 points, 1 first-place vote

          Waggener High’s Tahj Rice commits on ‘super’ Tuesday

  1. Jenni Carlson, Dave Morris, Greg Singleton, Todd Fraser, Tim Money. The Oklahoman,

        19 points, 2 first-place votes

        All-City Prep Sports Awards: Courage Award – Lainy Fredrickson

  1. Mark Henle, The Arizona Republic, 16 points, 1 first-place vote

       Arizona coach and teacher David Solano’s life lessons

5. Robert Willett, The News & Observer, 13 points

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