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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Andy Schotz
The Gazette
Gaithersburg, Md.
@spjregion2
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Bio (click to expand) picture Andy Schotz is a managing editor for The Gazette weekly newspapers in Montgomery County, Md., near Washington, D.C.

He has been an SPJ member since 2002 and has held various positions on the Washington, D.C., Pro chapter board, including three consecutive one-year terms as president.

He served on the SPJ Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2011, including three years as chairman.

Schotz ran unsuccessfully for at-large director on the national SPJ board in 2012. The following year, he ran unopposed for Region 2 director.

He is a perennial SPJ contest judge (D.C. Pro Dateline Awards, SDX, Mark of Excellence, Green Eyeshade, high school essay) and has twice coordinated Region 2's Mark of Excellence contest.

He joined the SPJ Awards & Honors Committee in 2013 and helped work on a national survey seeking feedback about the MOE contest.

Before joining The Gazette in January 2013, Schotz worked for eight years as a reporter and editor at The Altamont Enterprise, a weekly paper in upstate New York, then for 13 years as a reporter for The Herald-Mail, a daily paper in Hagerstown, Md.

He is on the board of directors of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.


Sarah Bauer, vice chair
Program Director
Minnesota Newspaper Association
612-278-0250
@sarah_mn
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Bio (click to expand) Sarah Bauer is the Program Director for the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA). MNA is the trade association all Minnesota Newspapers, and represents the interests of more than 360 daily and weekly publications. Bauer plans all educational and outreach programs for the Association, including hands-on training for journalists, public forums on media issues, an annual excellence in journalism contest, and its annual convention.

Bauer speaks regularly about media ethics issues, community journalism, social media, and issues like the intersection of journalism and politics. Bauer graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She has been involved with the Society of Professional Journalists as member and chapter leader since she joined the University of Minnesota’s chapter. Since 2006, Bauer has served on the MN Pro chapter board of directors, currently serving as the chapter president and chair of its annual journalism award contest and banquet. She is also the chairwoman of the Society’s national membership committee.


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Newspapers

Breaking News Reporting
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit a story or stories written under a next day deadline about a single breaking news event.

Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the newspaper page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.

School Divisions

— Large: 10,000 or more students
— Small: 9,999 or fewer students

School divisions are based on total student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment.

General News Reporting
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit an article or series about a single news event or issue, not written on next-day deadline. Limit a series to no more than five stories.

Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the newspaper page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.


In-Depth Reporting
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit a single article or series. Entries should use multiple sources to explore the subject in significant depth. Limit a series to no more than five stories.

Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the newspaper page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.


Feature Writing
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit a single article or a series. Entries may be personality profiles, trend stories, human-interest stories or any other type of feature that is not general or breaking news. Limit a series to no more than five stories.

Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the newspaper page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.


Sports Writing
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit one sports news or feature story about sports or a sports figure. (Columns should be entered in the Sports Column Writing category).

Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the newspaper page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.


Editorial Writing

Submit THREE published editorials by one writer or one writing team.

Three editorials = one entry. Upload all three editorials as one entry. Do not submit editorials separately.

Entrants should submit links to the editorials online or PDFs of the newspaper page on which the editorials appeared. The dates of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the editorials will not be accepted.


General Column Writing
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit THREE published columns by one writer or writing team. Entries may include, but are not limited to, humor and news analysis.

Three columns = one entry. Upload all three columns as one entry. Do not submit columns separately.

Entrants should submit links to the columns online or PDFs of the newspaper page on which the columns appeared. The dates of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the columns will not be accepted.


Sports Column Writing

Submit THREE published columns by one writer or writing team.

Three columns = one entry. Upload all three columns as one entry. Do not submit columns separately.

Entrants should submit links to the columns online or PDFs of the newspaper page on which the columns appeared. The dates of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the columns will not be accepted.


Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

This category is for newspapers that are published at least four days per week. Submit complete PDFs of issues published on or as close as possible to March 1, Oct. 9 and Dec. 5, 2014. All three requested issues must be submitted or entry will be disqualified. Links to Web sites will not be accepted in this category.


Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

This category is for newspapers published less than four days per week. Submit complete issues published on or as close as possible to March 1, Oct. 9 and Dec. 5, 2014. All three requested issues must be submitted or entry will be disqualified. Links to Web sites will not be accepted in this category.

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Magazine

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Entrants should submit a link to a single article or a PDF of the magazine page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible. Word documents containing the work will not be accepted.


Best Student Magazine

Submit one complete issue published during the 2014 calendar year. Please include a letter explaining if design and layout was done primarily by students or professionals. Award will be in the magazine’s name. Only ONE entry per magazine is permitted.

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Art/Graphics

School Divisions

— Large: 10,000 or more students
— Small: 9,999 or fewer students

School divisions are based on total student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment.

Breaking News Photography
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit ONE photo of a breaking news event. For photographs published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site. Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the photo appeared, or a link to the photo published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.


General News Photography
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit ONE photo of a news event, not covered on deadline. For photographs published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site. Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the photo appeared, or a link to the photo published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.


Feature Photography
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit a photo, or a short series of photos. Limit a series to no more than FIVE photos.

For photographs published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site.

Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the photo appeared, or a link to the photo published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.


Photo Illustration
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit a photo, or a short series, of photos that helps illustrate a news or feature story without necessarily being straight photography. Entries may be staged, composite or otherwise manipulated, but should disclose that to the reader. Limit a series to no more than FIVE photos. For photo illustrations published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site.

Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the photo illustration appeared, or a link to the illustration published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.


Sports Photography
Large (10,000+ students) and Small (1-9,999) School Divisions


Submit ONE photo of a sports event. For photographs published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site.

Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the photo appeared, or a link to the photo published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.


Editorial Cartooning

Submit THREE different published cartoons commenting on issues of significance to the newspaper’s readers. All three cartoons should be by the same cartoonist.

Three cartoons = one entry. Upload all three cartoons as one entry. Do not submit cartoons separately.

For cartoons published in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site.

Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the cartoon appeared, or a link to the illustration published on an online news site. The dates of publication should be visible.

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Radio

Radio News Reporting

Submit a story or series about a newsworthy event or development. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been aired by a campus, public or commercial radio station. Work aired on an online radio station or by Podcast is also eligible. Entrant should submit a link to the work online or upload an audio file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio in other formats will not be accepted.


Radio Feature

Submit a story or series about a feature topic. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, personality profiles, sidebars, consumer information, historical perspectives, trend stories or reviews of cultural events. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been aired by a campus, public or commercial radio station. Work aired on an online radio station or by Podcast is also eligible. Entrant should submit a link to the work online or upload an audio file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio in other formats will not be accepted.


Radio In-Depth Reporting

Submit a story or series about a topic explored in significant depth with multiple sources. Entry may not exceed a total of 30 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been aired by a campus, public or commercial radio station. Work aired on an online radio station or by Podcast is also eligible. Entrant should submit a link to the work online or upload an audio file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio in other formats will not be accepted.


Radio Sports Reporting

Entries may be either a story or series about a sports topic. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, breaking news or features. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes. Play-by-play of a sporting event is not eligible.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been aired by a campus, public or commercial radio station. Work aired on an online radio station or by Podcast is also eligible. Entrant should submit a link to the work online or upload an audio file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio in other formats will not be accepted.


Best All-Around Radio Newscast

Submit ONE newscast. The entry may not exceed 30 minutes. The newscast may be edited for length. Award will be made in the radio station’s name.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been aired by a campus, public or commercial radio station. Work aired on an online radio station or by Podcast is also eligible. Entrant should submit a link to the work online or upload an audio file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio in other formats will not be accepted

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Television

Television Breaking News Reporting

Submit a story or series about a breaking news event, aired within 24 hours of the event. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television General News Reporting

Submit a story or series about a news event or issue, not prepared on daily deadline. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television Feature

Submit a story or series about a feature topic. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, personality profiles, sidebars, consumer information, historical perspectives or reviews of cultural events. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television In-Depth Reporting

Submit a story or series about a topic or issue of public importance that is explored in significant depth with multiple sources. Entry may not exceed a total of 30 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television Sports Reporting

Submit a story or series about a sports topic. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, breaking news or features. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes. Play-by-Play of a sporting event is not eligible.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television News/Feature Photography

Submit video of a breaking news event or a feature topic that may include (but is not limited to) personality profiles, sidebars, consumer information, historical perspectives, trend stories or reviews of cultural events.. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Television Sports Photography

Submit video from a single sports event. Entry may not exceed a total of 10 minutes.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible.

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.


Best All-Around Television Newscast

Submit ONE newscast. The entry may not exceed 30 minutes. The newscast may be edited for length. Award will be made in the television station’s name.

Uploading the entry: entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL, or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit] All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.

Entries may be edited for length. Work must have been broadcast by a campus, public or commercial television station or franchised cable television system. Work aired on an Internet TV station or by Podcast is also eligible. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

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Online

School Divisions

— Large: 10,000 or more students
— Small: 9,999 or fewer students

School divisions are based on total student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment.

Online News Reporting

Submit a story or package about a newsworthy event, development or single issue of significance to the public. Judges will consider ingenuity, interactivity and use of multimedia tools.

Entries should consist of one main URL and up to three additional URLs to highlight specific features of the article or package. Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Online Feature Reporting

Submit a story or package about a feature topic. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, personality profiles, trend stories, human-interest stories, consumer information, historical perspectives or reviews of cultural events. Judges will consider ingenuity, interactivity and use of multimedia tools.

Entries should consist of one main URL and up to three additional URLs to highlight specific features of the article or package. Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Online In-Depth Reporting

Submit a story or package about a topic or issue of public importance that is explored in significant depth with multiple sources. Judges will consider ingenuity, interactivity and use of multimedia tools.

Entries consist of one main URL and up to three additional URLs to highlight specific features of the article or package. Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Online Sports Reporting

Submit a story or package about a sports event or sports figure. Entries may be either news or feature pieces. Judges will consider ingenuity, interactivity and use of multimedia tools.

Entries consist of one main URL and up to five additional URLs to highlight specific features of the article or package. Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Online Opinion & Commentary

Submit three individual pieces or packages dealing either seriously or humorously with opinion or commentary. Entries can be personal columns, op-ed pieces or staff editorials. All three pieces should be written by one writer or writing team.

Three columns = one entry. Upload all three columns as one entry. Do not submit columns separately.

Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Best Use of Multimedia

Submit ONE URL to a multimedia element on a new organization’s website. Multimedia includes — among other things — any piece of reporting that brings together various media, including text, audio, video and other interactive elements. Entrants should include a cover letter describing the piece and how it serves its audience. Judges will consider design, content, interactivity and complexity.

Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Best Affiliated Web Site

This award is for Internet sites operated in conjunction with a student newspaper, student magazine or student broadcast station. Entrants should include a cover letter describing how the site’s content and mission differ from and enhance that of its affiliate. Judges will consider design, content, interactivity and use of multimedia tools. Award will be made in the paper, magazine or station’s name.

Entrants should submit one main URL and up to three additional URLs (in the same domain) to highlight features.

Judging will take place February-April 2015. Websites will be judged on content as presented during this time span.

Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Best Independent Online Student Publication

This award is for online publications and Internet sites that produce primarily original content and operate independently of other student news organizations. Entrants should include a cover letter describing the site and how it serves its audience. Judges will consider design, content, interactivity and use of multimedia tools. Award will be made in the outlet’s name.

Entrants should submit one main URL and up to three additional URLs (in the same domain) to highlight features.

Judging will take place February-April 2015. Websites will be judged on content as presented during this time span.

Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.


Best Digital-Only Student Publication

This award is for publications that produce primarily original content on a digital platform, which can include tablets and e-readers. Entrants should include a cover letter describing the publication and how it serves its audience. Judges will consider design, content, interactivity and use of multimedia tools. Award will be made in the outlet’s name.

Entrants should submit one main URL to the publication’s app or download link.

Entries that do not provide complete and accurate URLs will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries intact and accessible until September 30, 2015.

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Questions?

Email awards@spj.org.