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2013 APSE Web contest: Six papers have earned top 10 every year Dec. 20, 2013

By Mike Sherman, APSE 1st Vice President

In the five years since Associated Press Sports Editors have judged websites, only six newspapers have earned top-10 distinction every year.

Those newspapers are the New York Daily News, The New York Times, The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, USA Today and The Washington Post. Those streaks were extended by their top-10 finishes in the 2013 APSE website contest.

The sites were judged over two dates, randomly selected by the contest chair. Judges selected a top 10 in each category as well as honorable mentions.

The contest is split into three categories: Over 2 million average monthly unique visitors, 500,000-1.9 million uniques and under 500,000 uniques.

Special thanks to category chairs Izzy Gould of al.com (over 2 million), Matt Pepin of boston.com (500,000 to 1.9 million) and Todd M. Adams of UT San Diego (under 500,000).

Also, many thanks to contest judges:

– Robert Gagliardi, WyoSports; Ben Brigandi, Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette; Monica Holland, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer; Andrea Petrini, Newports News (Va.) Daily Press; Lyons Yellin, Tuscaloosa.com; Johanna Huybers, Reno (Nev.) Gazette Journal; John Boyle, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News; Pierce W. Huff, Baton Rouge Advocate in over 2 million.

– Mark La Monica, Newsday; Ed Guzman, Seattle Times; Roger Simmons, Orlando Sentinel; Howard Sinker, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Dana Sulonen, Tribune Chronicle; Ross Jacobsen, DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle; D.C. Reeves, Tidesports.com; Ryan Sharp, The Oklahoman; Tim Trower, Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.); Dave Ruthenberg, Enid (Okla.) News in 500,000 to 1.9 million.

– Scott Monserud, Denver Post; Gene Warnick, Los Angeles Daily News; Nicole Poell, Kansas City Star; Angel Rodriguez, Cincinnati Enquirer; Victor Mather, New York Times; Mike Davis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jason Levine, Wilmington (Del.) News Journal; Paul Skrbina, Chicago Tribune; Mike Persinger, Charlotte Observer in under 500,000.

Here’s the top 10 and honorable mention in each division:

OVER 2 MILLION MONTHLY USERS

TOP 10

Boston Globe

Cincinnati Enquirer

Detroit Free Press

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New York Daily News  

New York Times

The Oklahoman

USA Today

U-T San Diego

Washington Post

HONORABLE MENTION

Chicago Tribune

The Denver Post

Indianapolis Star

Kansas City Star

Lincoln Journal Star

Newsday

Orlando Sentinel

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

500,000-1.9 MILLION USERS

TOP 10

Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate

Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera

Buffalo (N.Y.) News

Charlotte (N.C.) Observer

Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

The Oakland (Mich.) Press

The State (Columbia, SC)

The Tennessean (Nashville)

Tulsa (Okla.) World

HONORABLE MENTION

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)

Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel

Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald

St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press

Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal

The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)

The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)

UNDER 500,000 MONTHLY USERS

TOP 10

Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal

Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World

Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News

Roanoke (Va.) Times

Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel

The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

Wisconsin State Journal

Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)

HONORABLE MENTION

The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)

The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)

Northwest-Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.)

Sauk Valley (Ill.) Media

Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic

(Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City).

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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.

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