March 04, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Six media groups won ''Grand Slam'' honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors' writing and sections contest that was held this week.

The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post, competing in the over-175,000 circulation division, earned top-10 recognition for their daily, Sunday and special sections to go along with top 10 honors in the digital contest for its website and mobile platforms.

The Omaha World-Herald and The Seattle Times won in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle won top-10 section awards in the under 15,000 circulation division as well as top-10 digital honors.

The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors and journalists from across the nation during four days of judging at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, honor work published in 2015.

Twenty newspapers won Triple Crowns, signifying top 10 honors in three of four section/website categories. Those include:

- Over 175,000 circulation: Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star.

- 75,0001-175,000: San Antonio Express-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Buffalo News, The Charlotte Observer.

- 30,000-75,000: Lincoln Journal Star, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), The State (Columbia, S.C.), The Wichita Eagle

- Under 30,000: Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), The Tuscaloosa News.

- Under 15,000: Ames Tribune, Marietta Daily Journal, Opelika-Auburn News.

The New York Times led all news organizations with 12 individual awards.

Ryan Holmgren of the Casper Star-Tribune led the individual awards, capturing six honors, including multimedia, explanatory, game story, beat writing, feature writing and project reporting in the under-30,000 circulation category.

Jim Baumbach of Newsday won four writing honors, as did Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald.

The ranking of the top 10 in the writing, multimedia and video categories will be announced later this month. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Overall results:

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DAILY SECTIONS

DAILY SECTIONS, over 175,000

The Arizona Republic (Phoenix), The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The New York Times, The Washington Post

Honorable Mentions

The Denver Post, Newsday, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Tampa Bay Times, USA Today Sports

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DAILY SECTIONS, 75,0001-175,000

The Buffalo News, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Indianapolis Star, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Times, Tampa Tribune

Honorable Mentions

Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, Detroit News, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, Salt Lake Tribune, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)

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DAILY SECTIONS, 30,000-75,000

The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), The Patriot-News/PennLive.com (Harrisburg, Pa.), The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), The Repository (Canton, Ohio), The State (Columbia, S.C.), The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, Ind.), Times-Union (Albany, N.Y.), The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle

Honorable Mention

Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel , Lexington Herald-Leader, The Roanoke (Va.) Times, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)

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DAILY SECTIONS, under 30,000

DAILY

Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), The Post-Star (Glens Falls N.Y.), The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

Honorable Mention

Ames (Iowa) Tribune, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va., Laramie (Wyo.) Boomerang, Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan

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DAILY SECTIONS, under 15,000

Ames (Iowa) Tribune, Laramie (Wyo.) Boomerang, Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel

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SUNDAY SECTIONS, over 175,000

The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The New York Times, The Washington Post

Honorable Mentions

Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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SUNDAY SECTIONS, 75,0001-175,000

Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, The Buffalo News, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Seattle Times, The Tampa Tribune, Tulsa (Okla.) World

Honorable Mentions

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The Des Monies (Iowa) Register, Indianapolis Star, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.), The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)

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SUNDAY SECTIONS, 30,000-75,000

Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, Maine Sunday Telegram, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), The Patriot-News/PennLive.com, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.), The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.)

Honorable Mention

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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SUNDAY, under 30,000

Beaver County (Pa.) Times, The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.), Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan, The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine), The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

Honorable Mention

Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette

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SUNDAY SECTIONS, under 15,000

American News (Aberdeen, S.D.), Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine), Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

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SPECIAL SECTIONS, over 175,000

The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, The Washington Post

Honorable Mentions

Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle

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SPECIAL SECTIONS, 75,0001-175,000

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The Buffalo News, Hartford Courant, Louisville Courier-Journal, The Oklahoman, Omaha World-Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Times, The Times-Picayune

Honorable Mentions

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), Richmond Times-Dispatch, Tulsa World

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SPECIAL SECTIONS, 30,000-75,000

The Wichita Eagle, The News Tribune (Tacoma), Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), The Repository (Canton, Ohio), Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Roanoke (Va.) Times, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, The State (Columbia, S.C.), Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star

Honorable Mention

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

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SPECIAL SECTIONS, under, 30,000

The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.), Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic

Honorable Mentions

The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), San Angelo (Texas) Standard Times, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

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SPECIAL SECTIONS, under 15,000

Ames (Iowa) Tribune, Columbia Missourian, Laramie (Wyo.) Boomerang, San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times, The World (Coss Bay, Ore.)

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DIGITAL

Digital, over 175,000

The Boston Globe, ESPN, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The New York Times

The Seattle Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Washington Post

Honorable mentions

CBSSports, The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Indianapolis Star, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Diego Union-Tribune, Tampa Bay Times

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DIGITAL, 75,000-175,000

Austin American-Statesman, Charlotte Observer, Columbus Dispatch, Des Moines Register, The Oklahoman, Omaha World-Herald, San Antonio News-Express, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Post-Standard/Syracuse Media Group, The Tennessean

Honorable mentions

The Buffalo News, Baton Rouge Advocate, Louisville Courier-Journal, Tulsa World, Florida Times-Union

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DIGITAL, 30,000-75,000

Colorado Springs Gazette, Columbia (S.C.) State, Eugene Register-Guard, Green Bay Press Gazette, Harrisburg Patriot News, Jackson Clarion Ledger, Lincoln Journal Star, Memphis Commercial Appeal, New Orleans Advocate, Scranton Times-Tribune

Honorable mentions

Roanoke Times, Lexington Herald-Leader, Idaho Statesman, Macon Telegraph, Wisconsin State Journal

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DIGITAL, under 30,000

Ames Tribune, Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.), Casper Star-Tribune, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Northwest Herald, Opelika-Auburn News, The Tuscaloosa News, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Yakima Herald

Honorable mentions

Bloomington Herald-Times, Glens Falls Post Star, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sauk Valley Media, Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice

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VIDEO

SHORT VIDEO, over 175,000

Taylor DeLench, Kevin Dupont, Dana Sinerate, and Matt Pepin, The Boston Globe; Lindsay Thiry, Los Angeles Times; Chris Ware, Newsday

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SHORT VIDEO, 75,001-175,000

Lauren Frohne, Corinne Chin, Katie G. Cotterill, Bettina Hansen, Bob Condotta, Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times; Larry McCormack, The Tennessean; Staff, Austin American-Statesman

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SHORT VIDEO, 30,001-75,000

Larry Bohannan and Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.); Kinfay Moroti, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.); Staff, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle

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SHORT VIDEO, under 30,000

Jane Allison Havsy, Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.); Matt L. Stephens, Fort Collins Coloradoan; Elizabeth Varin Aberdeen (S.D.) American News

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LONG VIDEO, over 175,000

Staff, Bleacher Report; Alan Miller, The Boston Globe ; Jeffrey Basinger, Raychel Brightman, Robert Cassidy, Chuck Fadely, Greg Inserillo, Jessica Kelley, Arnold Miller, Ed McNamara, Chris Ware and Alejandra Villa, Newsday; Andre Malok, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com; Ryan Dornbusch, Keri Barron, Jason Klabacha, Brad Williams, Victor Velazquez, April Tucker and Andy Behrens, Yahoo Sports

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LONG VIDEO, 75,001-175,000

Hartford Courant: John Woike, Mark Mirko, Patrick Raycraft, Peter Casolino, Brad Horrigan, Rich Messina; Indianapolis Star: Clark Wade, Zak Keefer; The Tennessean: Sam Simpkins

LONG VIDEO, 30,001-75,000

Courtney Cronin, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.); Jason Farmer, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.); Andrea Melendez, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)

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LONG VIDEO, under 30,000

Danielle Guerra, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.); Sean Shore and Joey Chandler, The Tuscaloosa News; Daryn Slover, Sun Journal

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MULTIMEDIA

MULTIMEDIA, over 175,000

AL.com: Matt Scalici and Wesley Sinor; Denver Post: Andy Cross, Amy Brothers, Mahala Gaylord, Dean Krakel, Brent Lewis, John Leyba, AAron Ontiveroz and Patrick Traylor; ESPN.com: Staff; Kansas City Star: Vahe Gregorian, David Eulitt and Monty Davis; Miami Herald: John Devine, Adrian Ruhi, Kara Dapena, Jose A. Iglesias, Jessica Bal, Justin Azpiazu, Noel Gonzalez, Monika Leal and staff; Newsday: Laura Albanese, Saba Ali, Jeffrey Basinger, Jim Baumbach, Anthony Carrozzo, Matthew Cassella, Robert Cassidy, Ann Choi, Mario Gonzalez, Timothy Healy, Greg Inserillo, Mark La Monica, TC McCarthy, Arnold Miller, Jessica Rotkiewicz, Chris Ware, Hank Winnicki

The Boston Globe: Matt Pepin, Alan Miller, Alex Lancial, Elaina Natario, Russell Goldenberg; The New York Times: Catrin Einhorn, Joe Ward and Josh Williams; The New York Times: Shan Carter, Wilson Andrews, Derek Watkins, Joe Ward, Josh Williams, Jeremy White; Washington Post: Dan Worthington, Emily Chow and Julia Heffernan

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MULTIMEDIA, 75,001-175,000

Jeff Greer and Jesse Hazel, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.); Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson, Tim Money, Paige Dillard, Richard Hall, Erik Horne, Bryan Terry, Steve Sisney, Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman; Brennan Smith, Amy Lewis, Scott Sommerdorf and Kevin Winters Morriss, The Salt Lake Tribune

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MULTIMEDIA, 30,001-75,000

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.): Michael Bonner, Courtney Cronin, Hugh Kellenberger, Antonio Morales, Jason Munz and Daniel Paulling; The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.): Andy Nelson, Austin Meek and Rob Denton; York Daily Record/Sunday News: Staff

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MULTIMEDIA, UNDER 30,000

Ryan Holmgren, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.); Matt L. Stephens and Eric Larsen, Fort Collins Coloradoan

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WRITING AWARDS

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INVESTIGATIVE

Austin American-Statesman: Brian Davis; Boston Globe: Bob Hohler; ESPN.com: Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham; Los Angeles Times: Paul Pringle and Nathan Fenno; Orange County Register: Scott M. Reid; New York Daily News: Teri Thompson, Mary Papenfuss, Nathaniel Vinton, Christian Red, Michael O'Keeffe; The New York Times: Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, James Glanz, Jacqueline Williams, Agustin Armendariz; The Seattle Times: Josh Liebeskind, Mike Baker; USA TODAY Sports: Rachel Axon, Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz, George Schroeder; Washington Post: Will Hobson and Steven Rich

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EXPLANATORY, over 175,000

Jim Baumbach and Laura Albanese, Newsday; Jim Baumbach, Newsday; John Branch, The New York Times; Nicholas Dawidoff, The New York Times; Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports; Joe Freeman, The Oregonian; Adam Kilgore, Washington Post; Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star; Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer; Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today Sports

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EXPLANATORY, 75,001-175,000

Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times; Justin Barney, Florida Times-Union; Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star; Michael Cohen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.); Tyler Dunne, The Buffalo News; Tim Graham, The Buffalo News; Michael Phillips, Richmond Times-Dispatch; James Pilcher, Cincinnati Enquirer: Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

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EXPLANATORY, 30,000-75,000

Nathan Brown, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.); Donnie Collins, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.); Eric Detweiler, Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews; Glenn Jordan, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho); Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Jason Smith, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) ; Bret Strelow, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer: Alicia Wincze Hughes, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette

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EXPLANATORY, under 30,000

Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier; Jon Blau, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind); James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser; Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News; Matt Harness, Pioneer Local; Ryan Holmgren, Casper Star-Tribune; Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal; Fletcher Page, Athens Banner Herald; D.C. Reeves, The Tuscaloosa News; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald

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BEAT WRITING, over 175,000

Karen Crouse, The New York Times; Joe Drape, The New York Times; Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times; Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News; Jason King, Bleacher Report; Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times; David Moore, Dallas Morning News; Stephen J. Nesbitt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Kelly Parsons, Tampa Bay Times; Matthew Stanmyre, The Star Ledger/NJ.com

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BEAT WRITING, 75,001-175,000

Stephen Bailey, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.); Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald; Brian Davis, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Tyler Dunne, Buffalo News; Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman; Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News; Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.); Michael Phillips, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch; Jason Wolf, The Tennessean (Nashville)

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BEAT WRITING, 30,000-75,000

Zac Boyer, The Washington Times; Steve Craig, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Courtney Cronin, Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.); Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Tom Schad, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.); Bret Strelow, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer; Scott Walsh, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.); Tim Wilkin, Times Union (Albany, N.Y.); Alicia Wincze Hughes, Lexington Herald-Leader; Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette

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BEAT WRITING, under 30,000

Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier; Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News; Ryan Holmgren, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan; Whitelaw Reid, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.); Aaron Reiss, Columbia Missourian; Will Sammon, Opelika-Auburn News; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald; Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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BREAKING NEWS, over 175,000

Matt Apuzzo, William K. Rashbaum Sam Borden and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times; Ken Belson, The New York Times; Erik Brady, Scott Gleeson, USA Today Sports; Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports; Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News; Sam Farmer and Roger Vincent, The Los Angeles Times; Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports; Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press; Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times; James Wagner, Washington Post

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BREAKING NEWS, 75,001-175,000

Geoff Baker, Seattle Times; Mike Barber, Richmond Times Dispatch; Candace Buckner, Indianapolis Star; Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com; Tim Graham, Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck; The Buffalo News; Bill Haisten, Andrea Eger, Paighten Harkins; Tulsa World; Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Michael Silverman and Steve Buckley, Boston Herald; Tim Pearrell, Richmond Times Dispatch; Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman

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BREAKING NEWS, 30,000-75,000

Phil Barber and Matt Brown, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat; Katy Bergen, Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune; Dustin Dopirak and MJ Slaby, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Steve Hanlon, Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, Ind.); Mike Lowe, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Jeff Mills, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C); Antonio Morales, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.); Jesse Newell, The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal; Marty O'Brien, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.); Paul Suellentrop, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle

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BREAKING NEWS, under 30,000

Ethan Bernal and James Crepea, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; Jacob Bogage and Mark Selig, Columbia (Mo.) Missourian; Mike DeFabo, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.); Mike Forman, Victoria (Texas) Advocate; Mike Miller, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.); Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine); Eric Russell, Aiken (S.C.) Standard; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Tom Miller and Wayne Nelson, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald; Kathryn Skelton, Larry Gilbert Jr. and Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine); Aaron Suttles, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

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FEATURES OVER 175,000

Kent Babb, Washington Post; Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press; Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports; Kate Fagan, ESPN.com; Sarah Lyall, The New York Times; J.R. Moehringer, ESPN.com; J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Josh Peter, USA TODAY Sports; David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel; Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News

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FEATURES, 75,001-175,000

Candace Buckner, Indianapolis Star; Dirk Chatelain, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Michael Cohen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Scott Fowler, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; Tim Graham, The Buffalo News; Jayson Jenks, The Seattle Times; Luke Johnson, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.); Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman; Matthew D. LaPlante, Salt Lake Tribune; John Naughton, Des Moines (Iowa) Register

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FEATURES, 30,000-75,000

Phil Barber, Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Matt Coss, Quad-City Times; Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette; Todd Dybas, The Washington Times; Mark Emmert, Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram; Pete Iorizzo, Times Union (Albany, N.Y.); Jesse Newell, Topeka Capital-Journal; Shad Powers, The Desert Sun; Tom Schad, Washington Times: Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

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FEATURES, under 30,000

Nathan Baird, Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier; Alex Byington, Decatur (Ala.) Daily; Ryan Holmgren, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Lauren Kirschman, Beaver County (Pa.) Times; Fletcher Page, Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald; Daniel Paulling, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal; Joel Reichenberger, Steamboat Pilot & Today; Scott Sandsberry, Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic; Mike Vorel, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Marc Weiszer, Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald

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COLUMNS OVER 175,000

John Canzano, The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.); Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Juliet Macur, The New York Times; David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News; Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times; Steve Politi, The Star Ledger/NJ.com; Dan Shaughnessy, The Boston Globe; Mike Sielski, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle; Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle

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COLUMNS, 75,001-175,000

Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times; Ron Borges, The Boston Herald; Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman; David Climer, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.); Scott Fowler, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant; Bob Klapisch, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.); Larry Stone, The Seattle Times; Tara Sullivan, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.); Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman

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COLUMNS, 30,000-75,000

Kerry Benefield, Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis); Lowell Cohn, Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Jennifer Gish, Times Union (Albany, N.Y); Pete Iorizzo, Times Union (Albany, N.Y.); Aaron McFarling, The Roanoke Times; David Moulton, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.); Cory Mull, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.); Kevin Thomas, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram: Jeff Welsch, Billings (Mont.) Gazette

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COLUMNS, under 30,000

Mike DeFabo, Northwest Herald; Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News; Peter Jackel, The Journal Times; Bobby La Gesse, Ames Tribune; Fletcher Page, Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald; Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal; Jeremy Price, The Herald Times (Bloomington, Ind.); Duane Rankin, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; Mark Selig, Columbia Missourian; Don Williams, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal

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PROJECTS OVER 175,000

Dallas Morning News: Corbett Smith, Matt Wixon and Greg Riddle; ESPN.com: Wright Thompson; FoxSports.com: Sam Gardner; Newsday: Jim Baumbach, Neil Best, Robert Cassidy, Bob Glauber, Mark La Monica, Kimberley A. Martin and Tom Rock; Orlando Sentinel: George Diaz, Shannon Green, Chris Hays, Matt Murschel, Iliana Limon Romero, Brendan Sonnone and Edgar Thompson; Orange County Register: Ryan Kartje; San Francisco Chronicle: Tom FitzGerald, Vic Tafur, Bruce Jenkins, Ann Killion and Tom Stienstra; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: J. Brady McCollough; The Star Ledger/NJ.com: Matthew Stanmyre and Andrew Mills; USA Today Sports: Steve Berkowitz, Erik Brady, Rachel Axon, Dan Wolken, Christopher Schnaars and John Kelly

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PROJECTS, 75,001-175,000

Des Moines Register: Mike Kilen and Andrew Logue; Charlotte Observer: Gary Schwab; Hartford Courant: Tom Yantz, Lori Riley, Matthew Conyers, Steve Goode, Paul Doyle, Mike Anthony, Tim Fontenault, Scott Powers; NOLA.com: Jeff Duncan, Jim Kleinpeter, Evan Woodbery, Ron Higgins, John Reid, Katherine Terrell, Todd Masson; Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald: Dirk Chatelain; Richmond Times Dispatch: Paul Woody; San Antonio Express-News: John Whisler, Tom Orsborn, Dan McCarney, Mike Finger, Tim Griffin, Jeff McDonald; The Blade (Toledo, Ohio): David Briggs and Nicholas Piotrowicz; The Oklahoman: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater; The Tennessean: Dave Ammenheuser, Skip Nipper

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PROJECTS, 30,000-75,000

Mario Aguirre, Jon R. LaFollette, Greg Luca, Peter Rasmussen, Dennis Silva II, The Monitor (McAllen, Texas); Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.); Riley Blevins, Michael Bonner, Hugh Kellenberger, Jerry Mitchell, Daniel Paulling and Royce Swayze, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.); Frank Bodani, York Daily Record; Aaron Brenner, David Caraviello, Jeff Hartsell, Andrew Miller, Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier; Michael Cohen, The Commercial Appeal; Marty Myers, Shane Hennigan, Carmine Gerrity- 7/8Gemei, The Times-Tribune; Paula Pasche, The Oakland (Mich.) Press; Keith Pearlman and staff, The Villages Daily Sun; MJ Slaby and Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News Sentinel

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PROJECTS, under 30,000

American News (Aberdeen, S.D.): Dave Vilhauer and Jacque Scoby; Casper Star-Tribune: Ryan Holmgren; Columbia Missourian: Aaron Reiss; Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle: Scott Parks, Adam Boedeker, Steve Gamel, Patrick Hayslip and Brett Vito; Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal: Phil Terrigno, Krista Pirtle, Nicholas Talbot; Northwest Herald: Caitlin Swieca, Mike DeFabo, Joey Kaufman, Jon Styf, Alex Ortiz and Jake Bartelson; Sun Journal: Kalle Oakes, Justin Pelletier, Fred Gage, Lauren Schneiderman, Carl Natale, Russ Dillingham, C. Ernie Anderson; The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.): Brett Hudson; The Tuscaloosa News: Tommy Deas, Aaron Suttles, D.C. Reeves, Kelly Ward, Sean Landry, Sean Shore and Joel Kigh; Victoria Advocate: Chris Derrett, Alexandria Alejandro, Jordan Rubio, Jake Harris, Kiko Fieg, Sarah Rothberg and Frank Tilley

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GAME STORY, under 30,000

Jacob Bogage, Columbia Missourian; Travis Hines, Ames (Iowa) Tribune; Ryan Holmgren, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Julie Jag, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel; Sam King, Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier; John McWilliams, TimesDaily (Florence, Ala.); Andrew Ramspacher, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.); Aaron Reiss, Columbia Missourian; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald; Anthony Zillis, Ames (Iowa) Tribune

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