The MDJ earned the prestigious APSE triple crown for having top-10 daily section, Sunday section and special sections in the under-15,000 circulation category. This is the second time in four years the sports section has earned this recognition.
“To reach this level of achievement twice in four years is an incredible and well-deserved tribute to Sports Editor John Bednarowski and his hard-working staff,” said Managing Editor Billy Mitchell.
“This level of recognition from sports media across the country isn’t an accident. It is the end result of tedious planning for the best possible coverage of local sports and then executing that plan on a daily basis.”
The MDJ nearly earned a “double-triple” after being also recognized for top-10 honors for daily section and special section in the under-30,000 circulation category. The Sunday section received honorable mention.
This year’s special section was “Kickoff 2013,” the annual high school football preview issue.
The MDJ joined only the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in earning such honors in the small-newspaper division.
The MDJ last earned triple-crown honors in 2009.
The majority of the MDJ sports staff that shared in the 2009 triple crown was also responsible for this year’s honors. The staff includes Bednarowski, Assistant Sports Editor Eli Boorstein and writers Adam Carrington, Carlton White and Emily Horos.
The MDJ photography staff of chief photographer Kelly J. Huff, photographer Jeff Stanton and former photographers Laura Moon and Todd Hull also played roles in the daily sections, as well as “Kickoff.”
“It is always nice to be recognized by your peers for the work you put into the section each day,” Bednarowski said. “But, more importantly, it shows us we are giving our everyday readers a quality product. That is what they deserve from their hometown paper.”
Bednarowski also earned recognition as one of the top 10 columnists in the country in the under-30,000 circulation category. This is the first time he has been recognized by the APSE as a columnist, but the second time honored by the APSE for his writing. Last year, Bednarowski earned similar honors for beat writing.
Since 2008, the MDJ sports section has been recognized eight times with national top-10 section awards, and recognized in writing categories three times.
The awards will be presented in June at the APSE’s national convention in Washington.