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An entry by staff of the New York Times won first place for Multimedia in the Over-175,000 circulation category of the Associated Press Sports Editors’ 2016 contest.
The Times staff won for a five-part entry on the elite athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics. They will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the June APSE Summer Conference in New Orleans.
Sports editors submitted a total of 26 entries in the Multimedia category this year. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Jeff Rosen and fellow APSE officers Tommy Deas, John Bednarowski and Robert Gagliardi 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 February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country selected a top 10 in this category, 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 then 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 two sets of ballots.
The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. The second- through 10th-place entrants will receive frameable certificates. (Click here to register for the conference.)
In the Multimedia category, entries are judged on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality are also considered.
The top 10 are listed below with links where possible to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.
1- New York Times staff, 56 points, four first-place votes