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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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2002 Mark of Excellence
Region 4 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Mandy L. Kendall, Duquesne University, The Duquesne Duke
— Second Place: Mark Hansel, University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Third Place (tie): Amy DiFiore, Duquesne University, The Duquesne Duke
— Third Place (tie): Jaclyn Youhana, Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Honorable Mention: Lou Takacs, Point Park College, The Globe

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Justin Hardesty, University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Second Place: John Bonza, Ohio State University, The Lantern
— Third Place: No award given.

General Column Writing
Winner: Dale Francis Smith, "Psychic Potpourri," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Second Place: Jaclyn Youhana, Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Third Place: Brian Phillips, "Shades of Gray," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Honorable Mention: Katie Reardon, Duquesne University, The Duquesne Duke
— Honorable Mention: Simon Kinsella, "Steal This Column," University of Cincinnati, The News Record

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Zach Van Hart, "Rants & Raves," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Second Place: Eliot Parker, "Off the Cuff," Marshall University, The Parthenon
— Third Place: No award given.

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Robert Boyd, "Crash on Campus," Duquesne University, The Duquesne Duke
— Second Place: Tim Meeker, "Donald Little," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Third Place: Tony Cook and Simon Kinsella, "Students flood capitol," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Honorable Mention: Lorraine Sommers, Zach Wittig and Lantern Staff, "Thugs and Alcohol," Ohio State University, The Lantern

General News Reporting
Winner: Andy Netzel, "A mystery solved by a trio of berry pickers," Kent State University, The Star-Ledger
— Second Place: Linda Trostle, "Basics of Car Buying," Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock Rocket
— Third Place: Megan E. Walsh, "OSU student missing," Ohio State University, The Lantern

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: The Lantern staff, "Rape Series: Reality of Rape," Ohio State University, The Lantern
— Second Place: Anna Mallory, "Employment for students," Marshall University, The Parthenon
— Third Place: Tony Cook, "Answer in the Streets," University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati City Beat

Feature Writing
Winner: Yuta Usuda, "Alumna tells story of survival inside WTC," Marshall University, The Parthenon
— Second Place: Jaclyn Youhana, "Share the Love," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Third Place: Tony Cook, "Bird's eye view," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Honorable Mention: Kristy O'Hara, "No holds barred," Kent State University, The Columbus Dispatch

Sports Writing
Winner: Rob Meyer, "The One," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Second Place (tie): Mike Gardner, "Behind the Pigskin, Inside the Uniform," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Second Place (tie): John Warner, "Ahead of the Pack," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Third Place (tie): Justin Ruble, "On the ball," Marshall University, The Parthenon
— Third Place (tie): Kurt Snyder, "Recruiting a team, Recruiting a family," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Honorable Mention: Mike Gardner, "Between Board Games and Bowl Games," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Honorable Mention: Zach Van Hart, "Family Tradition," University of Cincinnati, The News Record

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The BG News, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University
— Second Place: The Lantern, Ohio State University
— Third Place: No award given.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: The Independent Collegian, University of Toledo
— Second Place: The News Record, University of Cincinnati
— Third Place (tie): The Eastern Echo, Eastern Michigan University
— Third Place (tie): The Parthenon, Marshall University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (publiched less than twice a week)
Winner: Slippery Rock Rocket, Slippery Rock University
— Second Place: The Duquesne Duke, Duquesne University
— Third Place: The Carroll News, John Carroll University
— Honorable Mention: The Olivet College Echo, Olivet College,
— Honorable Mention: The Schoolcraft Connection, Schoolcraft College,

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Andy Netzel, "The New Catholics," Kent State University, The Burr
— Second Place: Ben Fischer, "Moving In, Coming Out," Kent State University, The Burr
— Third Place: Megan Battista, "Not Without Scars," Kent State University, The Burr

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
No awards given.

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: The Burr, Mark Cina and Mandy Jenkins, editors, Kent State University
— Second Place: Southeast Ohio Magazine, Ohio University
— Third Place: No award given.

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Zach Wittig, "Thugs and Alcohol," Ohio State University, The Lantern
— Second Place: Ben Kerlik, "Crash on Campus," Duquesne University, The Duquesne Duke
— Third Place: Bryan Westbrook, "Firefighters," University of Cincinnati, The News Record

General News Photography
Winner: Zach Wittig, "Joanne Morbitzer holding son's picture," Ohio State University, The Lantern
— Second Place: Angela Shaar, "Student Dance Festival," Kent State University, Daily Kent Stater
— Third Place: Bryan Westbrook, "Clothseline," University of Cincinnati,The News Record

Feature Photography
Winner: Tony Cook, "Revelers," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Second Place: Tracey Ferguson, "9/11: A Day of Remembrance," Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock Rocket
— Third Place: Vina Parel Ayers, "Mosque Women," University of Cincinnati, The News Record

Photo Illustration
Winner: Patrick Leishman and Liz Ellis, "Dealing With Graduation," Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock Rocket
— Second Place: Dale Francis Smith, "Taft Dollar," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Third Place: Zach Wittig, "Got Beer?," Ohio State University, The Lantern

Sports Photography
Winner: Bryan Westbrook, "Diving," University of Cincinnati, The News Record
— Second Place: Jeff Gentner, "Herd Hoops Clinic," Marshall University, The Parthenon
— Third Place: Melanie Gall, "OSU Loss," University of Cincinnati, The News Record

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Feature
Winner: Brandon Millman, "Delta Zeta Turns 100," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Second Place: Emily Ingle, "Screech Visits Marshall University," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Third Place: Vince Payne, "Hedi Kuethe: Anything But Normal," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Honorable Mention: Mandy Jenkins, "Green Been Casserole," Kent State University, WKSU-FM

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Vince Payne and Yuta Usuda, "Attack on America: Marshall Remembers," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Vince Payne and Jennifer Pierce, "Marshall University Volleyball Recap," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Second Place: Vince Payne, "Patrick O'Malley Developing," Marshall University, WMUL-FM
— Third Place: Scott Hall and Nicole Wellman, "Herd Roundup," Marshall University, WMUL-FM

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.
— Honorable Mention: Yuta Usuda, "Band Day," Marshall University
— Honorable Mention: Yuta Usuda, "Minority Faculty," Marshall University

Television Feature
No awards given.

Television In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Television Sports Reporting
No awards given.

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
Winner: The Lantern staff, "Thugs and Alcohol," Ohio State University, thelantern.com
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Ben Finley, "Porch Life," Ohio State University, thelantern.com
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Online In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: Matt Duval, "Krenzel pulls rabbit out of hat," Ohio State University, thelantern.com
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Online Opinion and Commentary
No awards given.

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: thelantern.com, Ohio State University,
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award 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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