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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 9 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Angie Welling, Weber State University, Viewpoint,
— Second Place: Blaylock, Brigham Young University, Daily Universe Editorials

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Blair C. Sterrett, Weber State University, Tapioca

General Column Writing
Winner: Preston McConkie, Weber State University, "The Ponderous Pundit"
— Second Place: Leo Dirr Weber State University, "Yammering from Experience"
— Third Place: Geoffrey C. Grammer, New Mexico State University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Preston Truman, Weber State University, "The Truman Show"

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Seth Lewis and Annie Gardner, Brigham Young University, "Tree Topples in Canyon"
— Second Place: Thomas Burr, Southern Utah University, "Cedar City Mopping Up After Flood"
— Third Place: Tanna Barry, Weber State University, "500 Still Without Power After Fire"

General News Reporting
Winner: Thomas Burr, Southern Utah University, "Some Pig Debate"
— Second Place: Ali Anderson and Eric Christensen, Brigham Young University, "Students Witness Jerusalem Conflicts"
— Third Place: Preston Truman, Preston McConkie, Jose Carvajal, Deanne Chaston, Earl Brown, Dustin West, Tanna Barry, and Angie Welling, Weber State University, "WSU Mascot Mafl Maw"

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Joe Dana, Brigham Young University, "Candidates Say Platforms Unfair", "BYUSA Asks Candidates to Alter Platforms", "Credentials Reviewed", "Zwick, Jacobs Drop Out of Race"
— Second Place: Miki Meek, Brigham Young University, "State Officials Rally Against Storage Site Supporters"
— Third Place: Tanna Barry, Weber State University, "Adjunct Professors Fill Important Role in Higher Education"

Feature Writing
Winner: Joe Dana, Brigham Young University, "The Underworld of Videogaming"
— Second Place: Tanna Barry, Weber State University, "The Subway Diet"
— Third Place: Leo Dirr, Weber State University, "Worth the Sweat, "

Sports Writing
Winner: Leo Dirr, Weber State University, "Brother Barrow still religious after college football career"
— Second Place: Geoff Grammer, New Mexico State University, "NMSU Reports Violations"
— Third Place: Seth Lewis, Brigham Young University, "Bombs Away?"

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Staff, Brigham Young University, Daily Universe

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: Geoff Grammer and The Round Up Staff New Mexico State University, The Round Up
— Second Place: The Signpost Staff, Weber State University, The Signpost
— Third Place: The Mirror, University of Northern Colorado

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

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: Newsnet Staff, Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Department of Journalism and Communication, Utah State University, Hard News Cafe

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Magazines

Non-Fiction Article Newspaper
No awards given.

Best Student Magazine published once a year
No awards given.

Best Student Magazine published more than once a year
No awards given.

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Chris Parkinson, Brigham Young University, Burning Flames
— Second Place: Thomas Burr, Southern Utah University, "Tsk, Tsk, Governor"

General News Photography
Winner: Chris Parkinson, Brigham Young University, "Bush Makes Stop in Provo"
— Second Place: Thomas Burr, Southern Utah University, "Flight to Freedom"
— Third Place: Thomas Burr, Southern Utah University, "Bullock's Bull"

Feature Photography
Winner: Chris Parkinson, Brigham Young University, "Flingin' to the Spring"

Photo Illustration
No awards given.

Sports Photography
Winner: Chris Parkinson, Brigham Young University, "Midnight Madness"

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Kristen Scuderi and Adam Atchison, Colorado State University, "KCSU 2000 Election Update"

Radio Feature
Winner: Erin McIntyre, Mesa State College, "The Ditch Witch"
— Second Place: Erin McIntyre, Mesa State College, "The Marijuana Dilemma"

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Erin McIntyre, Mesa State College, "Sex Offender Spiderweb"
— Second Place: Erin McIntyre, Mesa State College, "Disabled Voter Controversy"

Radio Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Daily Newscast
Winner: KCSU 90.5 FM Daily Newscasts, Kristen Scuderi News Director, Colorado State University

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Deric Nance, Brigham Young University, "Animal Bust"
— Second Place: (tie) Robert Davis, Utah State University, "Higher Education Rally"
— Second Place: (tie) Amanda Butterfield, Utah State University, "Rulon-Olympic Champ"
— Third Place: Adam S. Atchison, Colorado State University, "Suspects Accuse Racial Profiling"

General News Reporting
Winner: Adam S. Atchison, Colorado State University, "Volunteer Day at Horsetooth Reservoir"
— Second Place: Deric Nance, Brigham Young University, "Police Tips"
— Third Place: Kevin M. Brown, Colorado State University, "Theft on Isotope Drive"

Television Feature
Winner: Deric Nance, Brigham Young University, KBYU TV News, "God's Army"
— Second Place: Joe Dana, Brigham Young University, "Two Generations"
— Third Place: Amanda Butterfield, Utah State University, "Pumpkin Walk"

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Deric Nance, Brigham Young University, KBYU, "Mormon Influence in the Legislature"
— Second Place: Deric Nance, Brigham Young University, "Heart Boy"
— Third Place: Season Ellingford, Utah State University, "Elections"

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: KBYU News, Brigham Young University, "St. George Marathon"
— Second Place: Kris Nielson, Utah State University, "USU vs. SUU In-State Rivalry"
— Third Place: Rodney Zwahlen, Brigham Young University, "BYU Football Gameday"

Television News Photography
Winner: Greg Alexander, Colorado State University, "Volunteer Day at Horsetooth Reservoir"

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Amanda Butterfield, Utah State University, Flowers,
— Second Place: Amanda Butterfield, Utah State University, "Fall Leaves"
— Third Place: Kris Nielson, Utah State University, "Pumpkin Walk Preparations"

Television Sports Photography
Winner: Kevin M. Brown, Jon Stone, Joe Carter and Paul Smith, "Colorado State University, CSU vs. BYU Highlights"
— Second Place: Kevin M. Brown, Jon Stone, Joe Carter and Paul Smith, Colorado State University, "CSU vs. Air Force Highlights"
— Third Place: (tie) Jared Johnson, Utah State University, "USU Fall Athletics"
— Third Place: (tie) Jason Fox, Utah State University, "Arkansas State vs, Utah State Football Highlights"

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: KBYU News, Brigham Young University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: Amie Amezcua, Jason Alired and Andrew Adams, Brigham Young University, KBYU News Friday Edition
— Second Place: Shane Crigger and Shannon Myler, Colorado State University, Campus Television News
— Third Place: A-TV News, Utah State University, Department of Journalism

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