Andrew Carter of The News & Observer in Raleigh wins Beat Writing contest in 75-175K category March 30, 2014
By Mike Sherman, APSE First Vice President/Contest Chair
Andrew Carter, University of North Carolina beat writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2013 contest in the Beat Writing category in the 75,001-175,000 circulation category.
Carter, who received five of six first-place votes from APSE judges, will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2014 APSE Banquet June 28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star finished second, and Harry Minium of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk was third. The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ available Twitter pages and entries.
Sports editors in the 75,001 to 175,000 circulation category submitted a total of 45 Beat Writing entries. Contest catchers 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 early March, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Indianapolis 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 1 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 Beat Writing category recognizes the most authoritative, newsy and innovative coverage of a beat during 2013. Each APSE member news organization was permitted to submit up to two entries of five stories each. Each entry consisted of at least one breaking news story, one event or game coverage, one enterprise piece and two wild-card stories that could include a blog post.
The contest is open to APSE members. Go to this link to join.
2013 APSE Contest: Beat Writing, 75,001 to 175,000 circulation
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Carter, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), (5), 57 points
2. Zak Keefer, The Indianapolis Star, (1), 52 points
3. Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.), 47 points
4. Amanda Comak, The Washington Times, 45 points
5. Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman, 30 points
6. Kelly Hines, Tulsa (Okla.) World, 26 points
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7. Martin Frank, The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.), 23 points
8. Brendan F. Quinn, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, 19 points
9. (tie) Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean (Nashville), 17 points
(tie) Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 17 points
(Mike Sherman, APSE first vice president and contest chair, is sports editor of The Oklahoman. Email him at email@example.com, follow him at @MikeSherman or call 405-475-3164.)