Matt Stanmyre of NJ Advance Media won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ 2018 contest in beat writing for the A Division.

Stanmyre will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2019 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta on June 19.

Stanmyre edged runner-up Scott Reid from the Southern California News Group. Scott Cacciola from The New York Times placed third.

Sports editors in the A Division submitted 73 beat writing entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Todd M. Adams and fellow APSE officers John Bednarowski, Lisa Wilson and Dan Spears prepared entries. In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Orlando, 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, 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 winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place writers will receive frameable certificates.

The beat writing category consisted of five entries from a single author – a breaking news story, an event or game coverage story, an enterprise story, a multimedia piece and a wild-card story. Judges were looking for content that showed authoritative, newsy and innovative coverage of a beat. 

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries:

1. Matt Stanmyre, NJ Advance Media (Iselin, N.J.) 1 2 3 4 5 – 66 points,  5 first-place votes
2. Scott Reid, Southern California News Group (Anaheim, Calif.) 1 2 3 4 5 – 58 points, 1 first-place vote
3. Scott Cacciola, The New York Times 1 2 3 4 5 – 46 points
4. Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post 1 2 3 4 5 – 44 points
5. Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News 1 2 3 4 5 – 39 points, 1 first-place vote
6. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times 1 2 3 4 5 – 36 points
7. Michael Casagrande, AL.com 1 2 3 4 5 – 34 points
8. Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1 2 3 4 5 – 30 points
9. Jeff McLane, The Philadelphia Inquirer 1 2 3 4 5 – 18 points
10. Ryan O’Halloran, The Denver Post 1 2 3 4 5 – 14 points

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