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Multi-team collaboration beats competition on rules for trans student-athletes

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Education writer Collin Binkley, sports desk editor Erica Hunzinger, sports writers Eric Olson and John Zenor, writers Pat Eaton-Robb and James Pollard and supervisory correspondent John Hanna partnered for a comprehensive report about proposed rules for trans athletes ahead of a holiday weekend. Binkley, who was headed out of town, went to the airport hours before his flight to report and write the story from the terminal. Hunzinger prepared context and coordinated with sports reporters, who chased reactions from transgender athletes. State government editor Julie Wright and education news editor Mike Melia looped in U.S. News colleagues, so they could prepare to reach people over the holiday. Washington’s Carole Feldman edited Binkley’s piece, and education news director Chrissie Thompson worked with Digital to prepare a push alert. The moment the embargo lifted, AP’s alert hit the wire, beating competitors by 10 minutes. The story received 72,000 page views on AP News and 29,000 Facebook interactions. It landed on the front pages of 14 outlets. 

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