Mykal McEldowney of the Indianapolis Star won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest for video in the B Division.

Mykal will be presented with his first-place plaque at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet on June 27 at The Alexander hotel in Indianapolis.

Katie Klann of the Colorado Springs Gazette finished a close second.

Contest chair Lisa Wilson and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Gary Potosky and Dan Spears prepared the entries. Sports editors in the B Division entered 36 videos in the category. Click here to join and enter the contest for 2020.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 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 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

Video entries were judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality were considered.

A list of the Top 10:

1. Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar, 52 points, three first-place votes
2. Katie Klann, The Gazette (Colorado Springs), 51 points, two first-place votes
3. Ron Kantowski and Rachel Aston, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 39 points
4. Andy Morrison, The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), 32 points
5. Olivia Reiner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 points
6. Mackenzie Salmon, Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), 27 points
7. Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel, 27 points
8. Brian Linder, Mark Pynes and Salim Michel Makhlouf, PennLive/The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.), 27 points, one first-place vote
9. Autumn Allison, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.), 25 points
10. Ed Godfrey, Joe Mussatto and Dave Morris, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 21 points


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