By John Bednarowski

APSE Second Vice President

Jay Janner and James Gregg of the Austin American-Statesman won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Long Video category for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

Janner and Gregg won for their video on a paralyzed triathlete that was striving to race again. 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.)

Janner and Gregg won over runner-up Mykal McEldowney of the Indy Star, and Shelby Lum of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who placed third.

Sports editors in the 75,000-175,000 category submitted 14 Long 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 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 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 Long Video category is for videos longer than 2 minutes, with entries judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality are also considered.

The top 5 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

  1. Jay Janner and James Gregg, Austin American-Statesman 25 points (3 first-place votes)

Paralyzed triathlete strives to race again

  1. Mykal McEldowney, Indy Star 22 points (2 first-place votes)

A Silent Court: Inside deaf Hoosier basketball

  1. Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch 19 points (1 first-place vote)

‘No life worth having like this’: A high school student’s story of addiction, desperation and recovery

  1. Michael Zamora, Des Moines Register 13 points

Urbandale’s Rachel Gowey chases Olympic dream

  1. Bettina Hansen and Corinne Chin, The Seatte Times 11 points

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