Ryne Dennis and Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest for multimedia in the D Division.
Dennis and Weiszer will be presented with his first-place plaque at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet on June 27 at The Alexander hotel in Indianapolis.
Davis Potter of the Casper Star-Tribune finished second.
Contest chair Lisa Wilson and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Gary Potosky and Dan Spears prepared the entries. Sports editors in the D Division entered 10 multimedia pieces in the category.
In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-place vote, four points for second and so on down to one point for a fifth-place vote. The final five were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-5 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 fifth-place entries will receive frameable certificates.
Multimedia entries included interactive graphics, audio, slideshows or anything else that falls under the broad description of multimedia other than simple videos. Entries were judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality were considered.
A list of the Top 5:
1. Ryne Dennis and Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, 25 points (4 first-place votes)
2. Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune, 18 points (1 first-place vote)
3. (tie) Emmalee Reed, Liam Quinn, Nick Kelly, Bennett Durando, Columbia Missourian, 16 points (1 first-place vote)
3. (tie) Aaron Williams, Shasta County Sports, 16 points
5. Brett Vito and Jeff Woo, Denton Record-Chronicle, 15 points