By John Bednarowski

APSE Second Vice President

Bettina Hansen and Corinne Chin of The Seattle Times won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Short Video category for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

Hansen and Chin won for their video on Seattle Reign rookie Carson Pickett.

They will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Hansen and Chin won over runner-up Mykel McEldowney of the Indy Star, and Kelsey Kremer of the Des Moines Register, who finished third.

Sports editors in the 75,000-175,000 category submitted 11 Short Video entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top three, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 3 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given three points for a first-­place vote down to one point for a third-place vote. The final three were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-­3 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The Short Video category is for videos up to 2 minutes, with entries judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality are also considered.

The top 10 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

1. Bettina Hansen and Corinne Chin, The Seattle Times  16 points (4 first-place votes)

For Seattle Reign rookie Carson Pickett, first glance may be deceiving


2. Mykel McEldowney, Indy Star  11 points (2 first-place votes)

Crispus Attucks football is back


3. Kelsey Kremer, Des Moines Register  9 points

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