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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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2001 Mark of Excellence
Region 6 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: The Daily Cardinal Staff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
— Second Place: William Schwulst, "Does racial profiling happen in Oshkosh?," University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
— Third Place: Dakota Student, "United We Stand," University of North Dakota

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Nate Melcher, University of Minnesota

General Column Writing
Winner: Dan Kaffine, University of St. Thomas
— Second Place: Adam S. Kirby, Marquette University
— Third Place: Chris Schafer, University of Minnesota

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Lindsey Schifffer, University of St. Thomas
— Second Place: Maggie Tomasek, University of South Dakota
— Third Place: John Casper, Marquette University

Spot News Reporting
Winner: The Daily Cardinal Staff, "Terror in US: Deaths Estimated in the Thousands," University of Wisconsin-Madison
— Second Place: Courtney Heeren, "Protestors Denounce Herald," University of Wisconsin-Madison
— Third Place: Adam S. Kirby, "College Republicans Barred from Holding Memorial Event," Marquette University

General News Reporting
Winner: Liz Kohman, "Depression pills might have given Lincoln mercury poisoning," University of Minnesota
— Second Place: The Daily Cardinal Staff, Three months of 9/11 coverage, University of Wisconsin-Madison
— Third Place: Leslie Andres, "Unions strike," St. Cloud State University

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: David Forster, "Living off campus," University of St. Thomas
— Second Place: Jason Fischer, "Questions linger over fire safety," Ripon College
— Third Place: Jon Linder, James Wold, Katie Gilbert and Alan Hamari, "Title 9 — Equity in Sports?" University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feature Writing
Winner: Erin Madigan, "Overcoming his 'broken' ears," University of Wisconsin-Madison
— Second Place: Chris Barncard, "Lou's Law," Marquette University
— Third Place: Laura D. Steele, "Dreams flavor frozen custard in D.C. store," Marquette University

Sports Writing
Winner: Jabari Ritchie, "The fun and the fury," University of Minnesota
— Second Place: Tim Cigelske, "Coaches take caution during humid months," Marquette University
— Third Place: Mike Klinski, "Keith Thomas: Iron man of RC baseball," University of South Dakota

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: Marquette Tribune, Marquette University
— Second Place: University Chronicle, St. Cloud State University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published less than twice a week)
Winner: Volante, University of South Dakota
— Second Place: Advance-Titan, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
— Third Place: The Aquin, University of St. Thomas
— Honorable Mention: The Lakeland College Mirror, Lakeland College

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
— Honorable Mention: Jeff Achen, "Opportunity is knocking, but who is answering the door?" University of North Dakota
— Honorable Mention: Monique Vondall, "Joseph's Dreams Placed on Hold," University of North Dakota

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Haute Dish, Metropolitan State University

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Native Directions Magazine, University of North Dakota

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Scott Anderson, "Phelps Demonstration draws crowd," University of Wisconsin — Madison

General News Photography
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place: Michael Martin, "School house," St. Cloud State University
— Third Place: Christine Johnson, "Move in Day," St. Cloud State University

Feature Photography
Winner: Leigh Patton, "The World's Lost Souls," Marquette University
— Second Place: Michael Ekern, "While St.Thomas Sleeps," University of St. Thomas
— Third Place: Christine Johnson, "State Strike," St. Cloud State University

Photo Illustration
No awards given.

Sports Photography
Winner: Michael Ekern, "So Close," University of St. Thomas
— Second Place: Blair Anne Schlichte, "Down and Dirty," St. Cloud State University
— Third Place: Blair Anne Schlichte, "All Saints Ready for Blood and Guts," St. Cloud State University

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Lisa Klinkler, "Salt Shortage," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
— Second Place (tie): Ron Fischer and Justin Cleveland, "Murder Mystery," Ripon College
— Second Place (tie): Kristin (Keva) Andersen, "Ron Kind," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Radio Feature
Winner: Marissa Kramer, "Credit Cards," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
— Second Place (tie): Marissa Kramer, "Gas Prices," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
— Second Place (tie): Jason Fischer, "Weiss for Mayor," Ripon College

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Jeffrey Charpentier, "Energy," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Jason Fischer, "Baseball Contraction," Ripon College

Radio Daily Newscast
Winner: WRPN Local News, Ripon College

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Kyle Bosch, Sept. 11th team coverage, University of Minnesota
— Second Place (tie): Leanna Anderson, "Patriotism in Schools," University of North Dakota
— Second Place (tie): Stephanie Shimek, "Military Appreciation Day," University of North Dakota
— Third Place (tie): Molli Ouimet, Taxes, University of North Dakota
— Third Place (tie): Lisa Steffan, Border, University of North Dakota

Television Feature
Winner: Joshua Benson, "Barber Shop," University of Minnesota
— Second Place: Molli Ouimet, "Drive In," University of North Dakota
— Third Place: Lisa Klinkner, "A Tale of Last Minute Shopping," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Bill Olson and Lee Heike, "The Referendum," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Heidi Krieg, "Somebody's Gotta Kick the Ball," University of Minnesota
— Second Place: Cory Morlock, "Barefoot Water Skiing," University of North Dakota
— Third Place: James Degelder, "Students Standing," University of North Dakota

Television News Photography
Winner: David Fluellen, "Police," University of North Dakota
— Second Place: Troy Clifton, "Patriotism in Schools," University of North Dakota

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Lisa Klinkner, "Paint the Park," University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
— Second Place: Ryan Vipond, "Gears," University of North Dakota

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: UTVS News, St. Cloud State University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: University Report, University of Minnesota
— Second Place: Studio One, University of North Dakota

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Online General News Reporting
No awards given.

Online Feature Reporting
No awards given.

Online In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: Pat Gillespie, University of Texas at Arlington

Online Opinion and Commentary
No awards given.

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
No awards given.

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
No awards given.

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
No awards given.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
No awards given.

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