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Andy Schotz
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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
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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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2002 Mark of Excellence
National Winners and Finalists

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2002 Regional Winners

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Editorial Writing
Winner: The Arkansas Traveler Editorial Board, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.
— Second Place: Kevin M. Wingert, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo. Published in Wingspan.
— Third Place: The Baylor Lariat staff, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Published in The Baylor Lariat.

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Jake Dill, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Published in The Daily.
— Second Place: Martin Rene Lopez, El Paso (Texas) Community College. Published in El Conquistador.
— Third Place: Dusty Higgins, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

General Column Writing
Winner: Tai Shadrick, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Second Place: Mariano Castillo, Texas A&M University, McAllen, Texas. Published in The Battalion.
— Third Place: "Sonya Says," Sonya Sorich, Ripon College. Published in Ripon College Days.

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Tim Vacek, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Published in The Daily Beacon.
— Second Place: Chris Korman, Penn State University, State College, Pa. Published in The Daily Collegian.
— Third Place: Ben Beaumont, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Dorm Fire Coverage," Brandon Sokol, Jen Nielsen, Carmeleta Pouse, Megan Hockley, Eric Aasen, Ian Prunty and Austin Diaz, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. Published in The DePauw.
— Second Place: "Shooting of 13-year-old linked to local murders," Jonathan Cribbs and Jason Flanagan, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Published in The Diamondback.
— Third Place: "Assault Suspect Arrested," Vince Blaser, Josh Hardin and Summer McElley, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. Published in The Rocky Mountain Collegian.

General News Reporting
Winner: "Despairing for children's mental health, some parents give up custody," Tim Higgins, University of Missouri Columbia. Published in The Associated Press.
— Second Place: "Series on Resignation of TU's President," Mike Morris, Cailin McGough, Eric Brandner, Jennifer Hykes and Chris Terry, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Third Place: "The Attic," Brandon Swanson and Natasha Jaksich, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. Published in The Daily Evergreen.

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Rape Series: Reality of Rape," The Lantern staff, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published in The Lantern.
— Second Place: "Prognosis Poor for Health Center?" Linnea Brown, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. Published in The Central Florida Future.
— Third Place: "Finding a Healthy Balance," Kelli B. Grant, Ithaca (N.Y.) College. Published in The Ithacan.

Feature Writing
Winner: "It's Dick Cavett," Matthew Hansen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Published in Lincoln Journal Star.
— Second Place: "Clans, Kin and Culture," Kristen Inbody, University of Montana. Published in Great Falls (Mt.) Tribune.
— Third Place: "The anatomy of forensics," Staci Zavattaro, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. Published in The Independent Florida Alligator.

Sports Writing
Winner: "Four of a kind," Jason Graziadei, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. Published in The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
— Second Place: "Checking In With the Nation's Most Talented Trio of Signees," Jamie Agin, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N. C. Published in The Daily Tar Heel.
— Third Place: "The One," Rob Meyer, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Published in Daily Kent Stater.

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin.
— Second Place (tie): Daily Collegian, Penn State University, State College, Pa.
— Second Place (tie): The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
— Third Place: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
— Second Place: The Towerlight, Towson (Md.) University.
— Third Place: Argonaut, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published less than twice a week)
Winner: The Sentinel, North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
— Second Place: The Oswegonian, State University of New York at Oswego.
— Third Place: Index, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: "Learning Disabled," Mark Greer, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Published in City Limits Magazine.
— Second Place: "The New Catholics," Andy Netzel, Kent State University. Published in The Burr.
— Third Place: "Super-sized Nation," Matthew Hansen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Published in Battle of the Bulge.

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
— Second Place: The New York Review of Magazines NYRM, Columbia University, New York.
— Third Place: Horizon, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colo.

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Troubadour Magazine, Princeton University.
— Second Place: The Burr, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
— Third Place: Detours Magazine, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: "Thugs and Alcohol," Zach Wittig, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published in The Lantern.
— Second Place: "Locker room fight," Kevin German, Washington State University. Published by sportsshooter.com.
— Third Place: "Maple Street Accident," Aaron Esmaeilpour, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

General News Photography
Winner: "Footsteps of Faith," Kevin German, Washington State University. Published in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
— Second Place: "Budget woes worsen," Luke Trautwein, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. Published in Index.
— Third Place: "Students Rally for Solidarity," Saul Stoogenke, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.

Feature Photography
Winner: "Gotta love this game," David Harden, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. Published in Arizona Daily Wildcat.
— Second Place: "Teacher in Training," Kevin Martin, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. Published in The Eastern Progress.
— Third Place: "The Primary Compound," Chris Goodenow and Sarah Galbraith, Western Washington University. Published in The Planet magazine.

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Arizona Wildfire Coverage Evacuees," Kate Davidson, University of California-Berkeley. Broadcast on NPR and KNAU-FM.
— Second Place: "White Power Rally," Matt Mauro, University of Florida. Broadcast on WRUF Radio.
— Third Place: "School of the Americas," Danielle Cross, University of Montana. Broadcast on KBGA Radio.

Radio Feature Reporting
Winner: "Home from Africa," Jake Warga, North Seattle Community College/Goldsmiths-University of London. Broadcast on Savvy Traveler.
— Second Place: "Military wives await war," Kate Davidson, University of California-Berkeley. Broadcast on KQED-FM, The California Report.
— Third Place: "Delta Zeta Turns 100," Brandon Millman, Marshall University. Broadcast on WMUL-FM.

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Student Fees," Adam Hasan Ghassemi, Drake University. Broadcast on KDCS.
— Second Place (tie): "It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To," Staff of Rowan Radio, Rowan University. Broadcast on WGLS-FM.
— Second Place (tie): "Enough is Enough," Sabrina Hall, University of Maryland. Broadcast on WMUC Radio.
— Third Place: "Helping the Homeless," Erich Spivey, University of Florida. Broadcast on WRUF Radio.

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: "Marshall University Volleyball Recap," Vince Payne and Jennifer Pierce, Marshall University. Broadcast on WMUL-FM.
— Second Place: "The Rivalry Show," Tim Hagerty, Lyndon State College. Broadcast on WGMT-FM.
— Third Place: "Club Football," Sudhir Kumar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Broadcast on www. carolinaweek. org.

Radio Daily Newscast
Winner: "Front Page on the Air," WRUF Radio, University of Florida.
— Second Place: WWHR-FM, Western Kentucky University.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Sniper Strikes Montgomery County," Rishi Barran, University of Maryland. Broadcast on UMTV.
— Second Place: "Brentwood," Joe Maxfield, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
— Third Place: "The Flame Within," Adam Atchison, Colorado State University. Broadcast on Campus Television Cable System.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: "Remembering Senator Wellstone," Amanda Lutz, Tanya Siedow and John Kasper, University of St. Thomas. Broadcast on Campus Scope-STTV.
— Second Place: "Video Games," Beau Zimmer, University of Florida. Broadcast on WUFT-TV News 5.
— Third Place: "Teacher of the Year," Amanda Tutschek and Kirsten Hansen, University of Montana. Broadcast on NBC Montana.

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: "Neverending War," Justin A. Herndon, University of Missouri Columbia. Broadcast on KOMU News at Ten.
— Second Place: "Boy's State," Kelly Kane, Norwich University. Broadcast on Miki Packett and Mark Winker.
— Third Place: "Science Workshop," Kim N. Dobitz and Jordan Caskey, University of Montana. Broadcast on KECI/NBC Montana.

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Montana Journal: First on the Scene," Broadcast Journalism Senior Class, University of Montana. Broadcast on Montana PBS.
— Second Place: "ASU Ecstasy Bust," Syleste Rodriguez, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Third Place: "Hunter at UIC," Marla Heiman, University of Missouri Columbia. Broadcast on KOMU-NBC 8.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: "Young Gun QBs," Dan Bubany, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Second Place: "Curling in the U. S. ," Cory Morlock, University of North Dakota. Broadcast on Studio One.
— Third Place: "Rugby," Steve Lyerly, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.Broadcast on Carolina Week.

Television News Photography
Winner: "Brentwood," Joe Maxfield, Southern Illinois University — Carbondale.
— Second Place: "A Church Divided," Mark Kurtz, University of Texas at Austin. Broadcast on KVR News 9.
— Third Place: "Powell in Court," Barry Flynn, Lyndon State College. Broadcast on LSC-TV News 7.

Television Feature Photography
Winner: "Lost Woodsman," Jenny Kuglin, University of Montana. Broadcast on Montana PBS.
— Second Place: "Van's Triple Crown Skate Park Extreme," Nick Schober, University of La Verne. Broadcast on LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television.
— Third Place: "River Hostel," Shelton Jacobs, University of Arkansas. Broadcast on UATV.

Television Sports Photography
Winner: "Artiste, The Superfan," Kate Brandt, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Second Place: "Seahawks Report: Hawks v. Broncos," Ryan Tootell and Troy Oppie, Pacific Lutheran University. Broadcast on KCNS-TV.
— Third Place: "Warriors on the Warrior," John Huddleston, University of Alabama. Broadcast on Cat. 33 TV.

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: Maryland Newsline, University of Maryland. UMTV.
— Second Place: "News 5 at 5:30," WUFT-TV News 5, University of Florida.

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: "Newsvision," UMTV, University of Miami.
— Second Place: UATV, University of Arkansas.
— Third Place: Carolina Week, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Sorensen Resigns," Staff, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Published on Dateline Alabama.
— Second Place: "Architecture dean fired," Dustin Eberhart, University of Texas at Arlington. Published on theshorthorn.com.

Online General News Reporting
Winner: "Thugs and Alcohol," The Lantern staff, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "Back to the Drawing Board Redistricting in the Old Line State," Maha Ezzeddine and staff, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.
— Third Place: "Exchanging rent for mortgages," Kristin English, Northwestern University. Published on CBSMarketWatch.com.

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: "Porch Life," Ben Finley, Ohio State University. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "National Cherry Blossom Festival Through Maryland's Eyes," Nicole M. Richardson and Ming-Huey Jeng, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline.
— Third Place: "City Café remains small town success," Emily Kornegay, University of Alabama. Published on Dateline Alabama.

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Back to the Booth: A Guide to the 2002 Elections," Kenny Beck, Reginald Hart and Staff, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.
— Second Place: "Unpopular column brings Tremonton student fame, grief," Marie Griffin and Joseph M. Dougherty, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Published on Hard News Café.
— Third Place: "Good news for tourists: Sun-forecast to make long-awaited debut," Tanya Caldwell, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. Published on Florida Today Online.

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: "Krenzel pulls rabbit out of hat," Matt Duval, Ohio State University. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "Conference Volleyball Tournament," Angel Verdejo, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas. Published on theshorthorn.com.
— Third Place: "Farewell to Cole," Nicole M. Richardson, Gloria Son, Maha Ezzeddine, Scarlett Morao and Staff, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Kathleen Penton, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Published on Dateline Alabama.
— Second Place: Leon D'souza, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Published on Hard News Café.
— Third Place: "ASU Football columns," Michael Ferraresi, Arizona State University. Published on ASU Web Devil.

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: The Sentinel Online, Northern Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
— Second Place: ASU Web Devil, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
— Third Place: thelantern.com, Ohio State University.

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
Winner: Troubadour Magazine, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
Winner: Carolina Week, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N. C.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Maryland Newsline, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
— Second Place: Dateline Alabama, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Photo Illustration
Winner: "Career search," H. Rick Mach, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. Published in College Heights Herald.
— Second Place: "Credit Card Identity Theft," Amy Thompson, Marquette University. Published in The Marquette Tribune.
— Third Place: "Pure Rasta flavor," David Yerby, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

Sports Photography
Winner: "Hockey," Chris Machian, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Neb. Published in Gateway.
— Second Place: "Tigers Outduel No. 9 Lehigh," Lisa Johnson, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Third Place: "Centre City Youth Blacktop Basketball," Matthew Stanley, Penn State University, State College, Pa. Published in The Communicator. at Lafayette, Lafayette, La.