How to Join

Join the club …

WHO WE ARE: APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) is a national organization that strives to improve professional standards for sports departments of professional news organizations and to recognize professional excellence among its membership.

WHO CAN JOIN: Membership is open to all daily newspaper administrative sports department executives, their supervisors and their assistants, regardless of whether those papers are members of the Associated Press. Online services must get approval from APSE before joining. If an online entity attempts to join and pays without approval, dues will be returned minus the cost on the processing charged to APSE, plus a $10 handling fee.  

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■ APSE offers excellent training opportunities through its national convention each June, regional meetings and drive-in workshops. These meetings include panel discussions, hands-on workshops, educational seminars and section critiques.

■ Concerned about cost of attending a national convention? APSE can arrange to match you with a roommate.

■ Have your section critiqued by another APSE member. This is an opportunity to receive suggestions for improvement in both content and design. Critiques can be done at regional meetings, the national convention or by mail.

■ APSE members receive an annual directory with contact information on all member newspapers, sports editors and their assistants. It’s a useful resource.

■ Each year, APSE selects several small-newspaper editors to attend the contest judging at the organization’s expense.


Category Category First Additional
A 250,000 and above $305 $75
B 100,000 to 250,000 $230 $75
C 40,000 to 100,000 $155 $75
D Under 40,000 $95 $50
E Weekly Newspaper $95  
F National Magazine $305  
G Websites $95-$305*  
H Wire Service $305  
I Student $25  
J Alumni $30  
K Educator $150  
L Student chapter adviser** $100  
M Writers Wing (Members) $50  
N Writers Wing (Non-Members)*** $75  

 *Websites must be approved for membership. See bylaws for website eligibility requirements. Dues are: more than 2 million unique monthly visitors  — $305; 750,001 to 2 million unique monthly visitors — $230; 250,000-750,000 unique monthly visitors — $155; under 250,000 unique monthly visitors — $95.

** Student chapters must be approved for membership by vote of APSE executive committee. See student chapter information for eligibility requirements. Questions about APSE student chapters should be directed to former president Tim Stephens, chair of the APSE Student Liaison Committee. tim.stephens@cbsinteractive.com

***Writers from non-member news organizations should check rates with APSE president Mike Sherman (MSherman@opubco.com) or Executive Director Jack Berninger (jackapse@aol.com)


… and reap the rewards

■ Annual writing and section contests. Contests are broken into four divisions based on circulation size. There are three section categories (daily, Sunday and special sections) and numerous writing categories as well as a new Web site category.

■ APSE helps sponsor the Sports Journalism Institute, which helps train young journalists, and the Sports Management Institute, which helps train both current and future sports editors.

■ APSE operates a successful job board on its website. Members under 100,000 circulation pay just $25 to post a job, compared to $150 for non-members.

■ APSE’s website contains stories on a regular basis, including articles that detail changes in sports departments across the country, contest results, convention information and content that is designed to enhance your sports coverage.

■ Only one person from a sports department needs to be a paid member for that paper to be eligible for the contest and to attend conventions.

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For more information about joining APSE, please contact one of the following:

Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
The Oklahoman
9000 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Cell: (405) 990-0352
Fax: (405) 475-3315


Mary Byrne

Managing Editor
7950 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, VA 22108
Office: (703) 854-5258
Cell: (703) 599-0061


Tommy Deas
Executive Sports Editor
Tuscaloosa News
315 28th Ave.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Office: (205) 722-0224
Cell: (205) 454-0117
Fax: (205) 722-0187

John Bednarowski
Sports Editor
Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
580 S. Fairground St.
Marietta, GA 30060
Office: (770) 428-9411
Cell: (205) 215-6287

Jack Berninger
Richmond Times-Dispatch (retired)
P.O. Box 29743
Richmond, VA 23242
Home: (804) 741-1565
Cell: (804) 754-6148



Mike Sherman

Mike Sherman

The Oklahoman

Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne

First Vice President

Tommy Deas

Tommy Deas

Second Vice President
The Tuscaloosa News

John Bednarowski, sports editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, was elected to a two-year term as APSE's third vice president in 2014.

John Bednarowski

Third Vice President
Marietta Daily Journal

Jack Berninger

Jack Berninger

Executive Director
Richmond Times-Dispatch

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