Chatelain won for “A Test of Endurance,” a piece telling the story of Ty and Trey Hansen, Trey’s death and how his twin Ty forged on to set new milestones at his high school. Chatelain 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 The Omni in Charlotte, N.C.
Chatelain collected all seven first-place votes and finished with 70 points. Finishing second was Scott Fowler of the The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, who finished with 60 points. Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was third with 44 points.
Sports editors in the 75-175,000 category submitted 92 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, 9 points for second and 8 points for third place, and so on. 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.
Features were judged on human interest, reader interest and quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting. Each news organization was limited to three entries.
The top 10 are listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries: