By Robert Gagliardi, APSE Third Vice President
Cronin won for a two-part video series she did on the return of NBA star Kevin Durant to Oklahoma City — his former team — as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
Cronin beat out Clark Wade of The Indianapolis Star, who placed second with his video about an inside look at a high school football team called Cathedral Football.
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 long video category consists of videos 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.
- Adam Kemp, Tim Money, The Oklahoman, 17 points