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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 8 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Marshall Maher and Stephen Stetson, University of Texas-Austin
— Second Place: Editorial board, Texas Christian University
— Third Place: Brock Rutter, University of Texas at Arlington

Editorial Cartooning
Winner (tie): Brian Parrish, San Antonio College
Winner (tie): David DeGrand, University of Texas at Arlington
— Third Place: Chris Panatier, University of Texas-Austin

General Column Writing
Winner: Claire Andres, San Antonio College
— Second Place: Brock Rutter, University of Texas at Arlington
— Third Place: Matt Stiles, University of Texas at Arlington

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Stephen C. Smith Sr., Midwestern State University
— Second Place: Josh Crutchmer, Oklahoma State University

Spot News Reporting
Winner: The Daily Texan staff, "Sept. 11 coverage," University of Texas-Austin
— Second Place: Cassie DeLozier, Justin Juozapavicius, Ryan McNeill and Greg Elwell, "Oklahoma State plane crash coverage," Oklahoma State University
— Third Place: Jessica Smith, Paul Anthony and Steve Holt, "Anthrax scare," Abilene Christian University

General News Reporting
Winner: Daily O'Collegian staff, "Oklahoma State plane crash coverage," Oklahoma State University
— Second Place: Ram Luthra and Jaime Walker, "Stolen library artifacts series," Texas Christian University
— Third Place: Matt Ward, "Dream Denied; Guard, family to reunite; Guard to return with family after Ramadan," University of Texas at Arlington

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Johnny Lewis, Rachel Patton and David Lister, "Division I-A Football series," Southwest Texas State University
— Second Place: Celina Moreno, "Popping PUF," University of Texas-Austin
— Third Place: Cassie DeLozier, "Falling to Pieces," Oklahoma State University

Feature Writing
Winner: Justin Juozapavicius, "Scars of Justice," Oklahoma State University
— Second Place: Kristin Finan, "Remembering Schleathea," University of Texas-Austin
— Third Place: Jessica Smith, "A Really Hot Job," Abilene Christian University

Sports Writing
Winner: Travis Richmond, "UH condemns seats, displaces fans," University of Texas-Austin
— Second Place: Cajuan Smith, "Running a Rough Race," Abilene Christian University
— Third Place: Cory Brady, "Building a Legacy," University of Texas at Arlington

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Texan, University of Texas-Austin
— Second Place: The Daily O'Collegian, Oklahoma State University
— Third Place: The North Texas Daily, University of North Texas

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: TCU Daily Skiff, Texas Christian University
— Third Place: The Daily University Star, Southwest Texas State University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Ranger, San Antonio College
— Honorable Mention: The Logos, University of the Incarnate Word


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Magazines

Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Susan Currie, "Exploring the Wonderful Inis Oirr," Trinity University
— Second Place: Brandon Ortiz, "Journey of Hope," Texas Christian University
— Third Place: Sara Kaviani, "Anti-Efficiency: a Guide to Relaxation and Sloth," Trinity University

Best Student Magazine published once a year
Winner: The Fourth Write, San Antonio College
— Second Place: Skyline Magazine, Trinity University

Best Student Magazine published more than once a year
Winner: TCU Magazine, Texas Christian University

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Billy Smith II, "United Hearts," University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: Bob Booth, "Friends, family pay tribute," University of Texas at Arlington

General News Photography
Winner: Matt Slocum, "Day of the dream," University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: Cynthia Esparza, "Elevator problem," San Antonio College

Feature Photography
Winner: Charlie Ferguson, "Riding for their rights," University of Texas-Austin
— Second Place: Kevin Pieper, "Physics Portrait," Southwest Texas State University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Matt Slocum and Billy Smith II, "Facing mistrust," University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: Seth Schrock and Jeff Shaw, "What goes upÉ must come down," University of Texas at Arlington
— Third Place: David Dunai, "Adjusting to Learning," Texas Christian University

Sports Photography
Winner: Matt Slocum, "Champions," University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: Brady Lane, "Hang on for the ride," Abilene Christian University
— Third Place: Matt Slocum, "Rice ends Mavs' season," University of Texas at Arlington

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Feature
No awards given.

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
No awards given.

General News Reporting
No awards given.

Television Feature
No awards given.

Television In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Jennifer Pham, "El Reno Wrestlers," Oklahoma City University

Television News Photography
No awards given.

Television Feature Photography
No awards given.

Television Sports Photography
No awards given.

Television Daily Newscast
No awards given.

Television Non-Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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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
Winner: The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

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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