The Seattle Times earned 11 national awards from its peers this week, including its first ‘Grand Slam.’ The Times was named one of the top 10 daily, Sunday and special sections for its circulation, as well as one of the best large sports websites.
The Seattle Times won 11 national awards at the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) annual contest in results released this week at the 2015 APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Seattle Times earned its first “Grand Slam ” — sweeping all four top-10 awards in the daily, Sunday and special sections for its circulation category as well as for its website. The digital award was a first, distinguishing The Times website and mobile app in the competition against the largest sports websites in the country.
Geoff Baker won two individual writing awards, chosen in the explanatory writing category for his coverage of the Super Bowl ticket scandal and in breaking news for his story about the Seahawks’ investigation before drafting Frank Clark. Baker won in the explanatory category a year earlier.
Eleven top-10 awards
Top 10 awards in 75,000-175,000 circulation category
• Daily sections
• Sunday sections
• Special section previewing the 2015 Super Bowl
• Explanatory story by Geoff Baker: “Fans still reeling from Super Bowl ticket nightmare”
• Breaking news story by Geoff Baker: “Hawks didn’t interview witnesses to ugly hotel incident involving draft pick Frank Clark”
• Column-writing award for columnist Matt Calkins
• Column-writing award for columnist Larry Stone
• Feature story by Jayson Jenks: “Doug Baldwin struggles to find balance between football and life”
• Short video for the Seahawks season preview by Seattle Times video staff: “Window of Opportunity: Seahawks 2015 season preview”
Top 10 awards in over-175,000 circulation category
• Website: seattletimes.com/sports
Top 10 award for all circulation categories
• Investigative story by Mike Baker and Josh Liebeskind “Bellevue High’s football success aided by ‘diploma mill’”
Larry Stone and Matt Calkins each earned awards for column writing, and Jayson Jenks was honored in features for his story about Doug Baldwin. In the investigative category, Mike Baker and Josh Liebeskind were recognized for their story about allegations that Bellevue High School violated recruiting and eligibility rules. A video previewing the 2015 Seahawks season also was voted among the nation’s “top 10.”
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“For years, readers in the Pacific Northwest have relied on our sports reporting. This is a team achievement in every sense, from reporters and the desk to the editors and producers in sports,” Times sports editor Don Shelton said. “We’ve never won in the website category, and this is our first APSE Grand Slam. We’re truly honored to be recognized by our peers.”
Publisher and CEO Frank Blethen added, “It is this type of effort and cooperation that is key to our present and our future — relevant, unique content that our readers value. Being awarded in the digital category certainly validates our recent strategic efforts to provide innovative engaging platforms. Thank you to all who earned this for us.”
Only six newspapers earned “Grand Slams” in 2015. The Times’ first website award came against the largest in the country for sports, including ESPN.com and SI.com.
APSE awards are given each year in voting by a panel of peers from editors across the country. The Times will be honored at the APSE Summer Conference Awards Banquet on June 25 in Charlotte, N.C. Individual award winners’ rankings will be released later.
The Seattle Times has won four Triple Crowns — top-10 awards in all three print categories — and 32 best-section or website awards since becoming a morning paper in 2000.