Led by its digital and print coverage of the Royals’ World Series championship season, The Kansas City Star sports department was honored alongside some of the largest and most prestigious news organizations in the country following peer judging by the Associated Press Sports Editors this week in St. Petersburg, Fla.
For the fifth consecutive year, The Star won at least three of APSE’s showcase awards in the highest print circulation/digital audience category for 2015: Top 10 recognition for digital content and daily and special print sections. Highlights of our digital content included the True Blue app, which delivers Royals news, features, video and photos to nearly 60,000 mobile subscribers, a multimedia project on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and a story that recreated the Royals’ comeback victory in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game.
In the digital contest, The Star was honored alongside two online-only organizations, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated, and placed ahead of at least one. CBSSports.com received honorable mention.
The Ventura project, written by Vahe Gregorian with photos and video by David Eulitt and Monty Davis and programming by Jay Pilgreen, and the Wild Card story, written by former Star beat reporter Andy McCullough, also won awards in the 2015 APSE contest. Ventura placed in the Top 10 for multimedia and Wild Card placed in the Top 10 for explanatory reporting. Coverage of the Royals’ World Series-clinching victory and The Star’s annual football preview were included in The Star’s Top 10 daily and special section entries.
The Top 10 finishes in digital and daily and print sections gives The Star an APSE “Triple Crown” for the ninth time in the last 13 years. The Star narrowly missed out on its second “Grand Slam,” won in 2012, after it received honorable mention, or Top 15 recognition, for Sunday print sections in the largest circulation category. Three newspapers won APSE Grand Slams in the top circulation/audience category for 2015: The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post.