The Associated Press has begun a "Best of the States" contest to recognize top state news produced by staffers each week.
This expands the "Beat of the Week" contest, as explained by Kristin Gazlay, who oversees state news at AP.
With the AP-APME Broken Budgets initiative producing great stories around the country, including some massive projects, this appears to be a great move and will set up a healthy competition at the state level.
In another great move, AP also will recognize a breaking news staffer of the month, as the release notes. No doubt newspapers and broadcast outlets -- all depending on breaking news -- will join in applauding this staffer's work.