It's time to clear more space in the trophy case.
For the second year in a row, The Omaha World-Herald sports staff earned a “Grand Slam” in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest after judging wrapped up last week in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
To earn a Grand Slam, a sports section must be judged among the Top 10 in the country in four areas: daily section, Sunday section, special section and website.
That's quite a chore, and only five newspapers with circulations over 75,000 were judged Top 10 in all four categories: Besides The World-Herald, which competes in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category, they are the Buffalo News, also in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category, and the Kansas City Star, New York Times and Washington Post, all from the over-175,000 circulation category.
“I think the best thing about the section awards is that everyone on our staff has a hand in winning them,” World-Herald sports editor Thad Livingston said. “The judges look at everything from the writing, headlines, photos, design, editing, agate, story selection and news judgment. So everyone on staff can take a bow.”
Furthermore, The World-Herald won two Top-10 writing awards in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.
Dirk Chatelain placed in feature writing, with a story on former Nebraska football player Jake Young, who died in the Bali terrorist bombings in 2002.
Sam McKewon, one of our Nebraska football writers, was among the top 10 winners in beat writing, based on a collection of five articles written from the 2012 Husker season.
In the writing categories, APSE will announce its final judging next month, narrowing its winners to a Top 5 and honorable mentions.
The World-Herald is building a tradition of winning APSE section awards. Since 2007, The World-Herald has won 16 of a possible 18 Top-10 section awards, and four times — 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 — The World-Herald has swept the daily, Sunday and special section contests, known as a “Triple Crown.” The World-Herald has now won Top 10s for its sports website in both 2011 and 2012, the only two years it has entered since website judging began in 2009.