King won the division for his recap on a local high school girls basketball team winning semistate just days after the death of its coach. King will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2016 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 22-25 at Omni-Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.
Sports editors in the Under-30,000 category submitted 103 game story entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Tommy Deas numbered each entry, assuring they had been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.
In late February and early March, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., 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, nine 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 Gamy Story category judges a collection of articles that recount specific games, describing the event and the final outcome. Entries were limited to 10 stories, with optional material allowed to be read at the discretion of judges.
The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.
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