The Examiner sports section has been named one of the top 10 in the nation in its category.

The sports section was chosen as one of the nation’s best in the daily division for papers with a circulation of 20,000 or less in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors national contest judged earlier this week in Las Vegas.

The Examiner sports section has been named one of the top 10 in the nation in its category.
The sports section was chosen as one of the nation’s best in the daily division for papers with a circulation of 20,000 or less in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors national contest judged earlier this week in Las Vegas.
The winning sections are not ranked except for being in the top 10 among the national entries. The Examiner shared the honor with the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, the Southeast Missourian of Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the Hilton Head (S.C.) Island Packet, the Idaho State Journal, Naperville (Ill.) Sun, The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Sauk Valley Newspapers of Sterling, Ill., and the Tuscon (Ariz.) Citizen.
“This is a great honor for our sports staff and for The Examiner,” Executive Editor Dale Brendel said. “I believe it is reflective of the type of local high school sports coverage for which we have been renowned for many years, and I am appreciative of the recogition. We are in prestigious company with the other winners in our category.”
Sports Editor Karl Zinke said the honor is a true team award.
“This is a tribute to our staff and the hard work it puts in every day to bring the readers a quality sports section,” Zinke said. “Bill Althaus, Jason Tarwater, Dick Puhr, our part-time writers and our photographers continue to make it a quality product.”
A panel of fellow sports editors from papers across the nation judged the sections with three guidelines – content, graphics and overall impact.
Content, which was 55 percent of the score, dealt with subject matter, including the quality of writing, reporting and editing and the section’s design and organization. Graphics, which counted for 35 percent, were judged on the presentation of photos, graphics and articles to make it easier for the reader to understand the stories. Overall impact, which was 10 percent of the final tally, pertained to whether the section grabbed the reader and offered imagination and originality.