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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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2000 Mark of Excellence
Region 7 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Chris Moon, Baker University
— Second Place: Ben Tatar, University of Kansas

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Clay McCuistion, University of Kansas
— Second Place: Peter Proctor, Baker University
— Third Place: Andy Dandino, Truman State University

General Column Writing
Winner: Adam White, University of Iowa
— Second Place: Darby Harris, Drake University
— Third Place: Erin Schneweis, Kansas State University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Daily Iowan Sports Pages, Jeremy Schnitker, University of Iowa
— Second Place: Daily Iowan Sports Pages, Mike Kelly, University of Iowa
— Third Place: University Daily Kansan, Derek Prater, University of Kansas

Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Wilson takes oath of office: Swearing in has Boone County Flavor", Tim Higgins, University of Missouri-Columbia
— Second Place: "Man attempts to rob Firstar bank", Lauren Brandenburg, University of Kansas
— Third Place: "Cheney surprises UNO with visit", Samantha Harvey and Melissa Kucirek, University of Nebraska-Omaha

General News Reporting
Winner: "Slow lab blamed in Memmer charges", Katie Bernard and Anne Huyck, University of Iowa
— Second Place: "Intruder kills former VC teacher," "Teacher farewell," "Accused killer has history of violence", Terry Rombeck, Wichita State University
— Third Place: Tie "Loss of teacher tests strength of mourners", Tim Higgins, University of Missouri-Columbia,
— Third Place: Tie "Dental student jailed for threats", Sky Eilers, Zach Kucharski, University of Iowa

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Suburban showdown", Matt Merkel-Hess, University of Kansas
— Second Place: "A delicate balance--the UI and $", Ryan Foley, University of Iowa

Feature Writing
Winner: "Simply black and white", Kursten Phelps, University of Kansas
— Second Place: "Homeless on the streets of Iowa City", Anne Hyuck, Nicole Schnuppert, University of Iowa
— Third Place: Tie "Rhodes acclimates to quieter life", Megan Manfull, University of Iowa
— Third Place: Tie "Barber's sign is there to stir the pot in town", Terry Rombeck, Wichita State University'

Sports Writing
Winner: "Upping the ante", Jason Franchuk, University of Kansas
— Second Place: "Wrestling coaches take swipe at Title IX", Jeremy Schnitker, University of Iowa

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Daily Iowan, University of Iowa
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: The University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
No award given.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Chart, Missouri Southern State College
— Second Place: Truman State Index, Truman State University

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper Newspaper
No award given.

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Magazines

Non-Fiction Article Newspaper
No award given.

Best Student Magazine published once a year
Winner: 515 (five one five), Staff of 515 and contributors, Drake University

Best Student Magazine published more than once a year
Winner: Detours, Staff of Detours and contributors, Truman State University
— Second Place: The Knot Magazine, Jennie Dorris, Jim Casey, and Mary Gustafson, Drake University

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: "Fire leaves 2 families homeless", Brett Roseman, University of Iowa
— Second Place: "Overturned truck", Brett Roseman, University of Iowa
— Third Place: "Bank robbery", Thad Allender, University of Kansas

General News Photography
No awards given.

Feature Photography
Winner: "Gay pride month 2000, Matt Holst, University of Iowa
— Second Place: "Shattered dreams", Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Southern State College
— Third Place: "Seeing the light", Nick Tremmel, University of Iowa

Photo Illustration
No awards given.

Sports Photography
Winner: Iowa wrestling, Brett Roseman, University of Iowa
— Second Place: Iowa men's basketball, Brett Roseman, University of Iowa
Truman State Index, Luke Trautwein, Truman State University

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Broadcast, 5/20/00, WSIU-FM, "Ryan Pie", Tom Weber, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Radio Feature
Winner: Broadcast, 8/30/00, WSIU-FM, "Fair welder", Tom Weber, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Radio In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Attempted bank robbery", Eric Bodeker, University of Kansas
— Second Place: "Halloween aftermath", Joseph Maxfield, WSIU-TV, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

General News Reporting
Winner: "Habitat house", Katie Juhl, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
— Second Place: "Park preparations", Melissa Shriver, Truman State University
— Third Place: "Holiday travel", Katie Juhl, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Television Feature
Winner: "Halloween wedding", Katie Juhl, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
— Second Place: "Girl Sounting", Kate Stroble, Truman State University
— Third Place: "Monarch butterflies", Mandy Wilcox, University of Kansas

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Downtown development", Beth Feldman, Heather Hedrick, Jen Mazi, Truman State University
— Second Place: "Athletes and illness", Mandy Wilcox, University of Kansas
— Third Place: "Public safety issues in Kirksville", Amy Sanders, Matt Keeney, Emily Salem, Truman State University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: "Hickory stick battle", Kenny Lewis, Truman State University
— Second Place: "Colorado preview", Eric Boedeker, University of Kansas
— Third Place: "Swimming success", Jeremy Loscheider, Truman State University

Television News Photography
No awards given.

Television Feature Photography
No awards given.

Television Sports Photography
Winner: "North Dakota State vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha division championship", Jon Helgason, Mike Cartwright, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: KUJH-TV, Dick Nelson, University of Kansas

Television Non-Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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