By John Bednarowski

APSE Second Vice President

Ben Howard and Zack Tanner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Multimedia category for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

Howard and Tanner won for their look at the Pittsburgh Penguins at 50. 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. (Click here to register for the conference.)

Howard and Tanner won over the second-place entry of Thomas Wilburn, Sean Quinton, Katie G. Cotterill, and Bettina Hansen, of The Seattle Times. The staff entry from the San Antonio-Express won third.

Sports editors in the 75,000-175,000 category submitted seven entries in the Multimedia category. 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 five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 3 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-­place vote down to one point for a fifth-place vote. The final five 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 multimedia category includes interactive graphics, audio, slideshows or combinations thereof, or anything else that falls under the broad description of multimedia other than simple videos. Entries will be judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality were also considered.

The top 3 are listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

1, Ben Howard and Zack Tanner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 14 points (2 first-place votes)

Pittsburgh Penguins at 50

  1. Thomas Wilburn, Sean Quinton, Katie G. Cotterill, and Bettina Hansen,  The Seattle Times. 13 points (3 first-place votes)

The evolution of King Felix

  1. Staff, San Antonio-Express 9 points (1 first-place vote)

Tim Duncan’s retirement


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