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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 7 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Matt Hallauer and Kristin Callaway, Baker University, The Baker Orange
— Second Place: Brooke Sherrard, Truman State University, Index
— Third Place: Susan Fuhrman, Truman State University, Index

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Joe Thurston, Baker University, The Baker Orange
— Second Place: Andy Moore, Wichita State University, Wichita State Sunflower
— Third Place: No award given.

General Column Writing
Winner: Eve K. Kidd, University of Missouri-Columbia, The Maneater
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Sports Column Writing
Winner: David Brandt, Truman State University, Index
— Second Place: Chris Gump, Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: No award given.

Spot News Reporting
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place: Sadira Hershewe, Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: Sarah St. John, Truman State University, Index
— Honorable Mention: Rachel Ann Clements, Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner

Spot News Reporting
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place: Sadira Hershewe, Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: Sarah St. John, Truman State University, Index
— Honorable Mention: Rachel Ann Clements, Central Missouri State University, Muleskinne

General News Reporting
Winner: Tim Higgins, "Despairing for children's mental health, some parents give up custody," University of Missouri-Columbia, The Associated Press
— Second Place: Hannah Bergman, "Toledo takes aim at unpaid parking fines," University of Missouri-Columbia, The Toledo Blade
— Third Place (tie): Lindsay Hanson, "Battling the Beast: HIV," University of Kansas, The University Daily Kansan
— Third Place (tie): Hannah Bergman, "Legally married or not," University of Missouri-Columbia, The Toledo Blade

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Ann Jo Bratton, "Hispanic dropout rate soars," University of Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
— Second Place: Nic Prenger and Annie Hall, "The Role of Jesuits in Higher Education," Creighton University, Creightonian
— Third Place: Michelle Burhenn, "Elusive Answers," University of Kansas, The University Daily Kansan
— Honorable Mention: Tim Higgins, "Carnahan's records slow to turn up at state archives," University of Missouri-Columbia, The Associated Press

Feature Writing
Winner: Matthew Hansen, "'It's Dick Cavett'," University of Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
— Second Place: Matthew Hansen, "A toast to the gridiron ghosts," University of Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
— Third Place: Adam Pracht, "Hiding in Plain Sight," University of Kansas, The University Daily Kansan

Sports Writing
Winner: David Brandt, "Staying Alive," Truman State University, Index
— Second Place: Matt Hallauer, "Coach Hudson resigns, Baker falls," Baker University, The Baker Orange
— Third Place: Dale Sweetnam, "Foorball field takes a beating," Truman State University, Index

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times a week)
No awards given.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published less than twice a week)
Winner: Index, Truman State University
— Second Place: The Baker Orange, Baker University
— Third Place: The Creightonian, Creighton University

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Matthew Hansen, "Super-sized Nation," University of Nebraska, Battle of the Bulge
— Second Place: Jerry Manter, "Educational Love," Missouri Southern State College, Crossroads: The Magazine
— Third Place: Jessica Lowe, "Traces of American Gothic," Truman State University, DetoursMagazine

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

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Detours Magazine, Truman State University
— Second Place: 'Could Terror Strike Home?' magazine, University of Nebraska
— Third Place (tie): Crossroads: The Magazine, Missouri Southern State College
— Third Place (tie): Expressions, Central Missouri State University

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Dan Sem, "Antibiotic triggers severe reaction," Truman State University, Index
— Second Place: David Stonner, "This isn't going to hurt," Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: No award given.

General News Photography
Winner: Luke Trautwein, "Budget woes worsen," Truman State University, Index
— Second Place: Dan Sem, "It helps to reconcile," Truman State University, Index
— Third Place: Dan Sem, "Poverty in Adair County," Truman State University, Index

Feature Photography
Winner: David Stonner, "Rebirth of a century," Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Second Place: David Stonner, "Exploring butterflies," Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: Dan Sem, "Portray with clay," Truman State University, ..

Photo Illustration
Winner: Dan Sem, "Growing Christmas Traditions," Truman State University, Index
— Second Place: David Stonner, "Safe at Second Base," Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner
— Third Place: No award given.

Sports Photography
Winner: Chris Machian, "Hockey," University of Nebraska at Omaha, Gateway
— Second Place: Maureen Ferry, "Bulls Rugby," Truman State University, ..
— Third Place: David Stonner, "Flying Start," Central Missouri State University, Muleskinner

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Feature
Winner: Christine Ahrens, Bearcat Marching Band Feature, Northwest Missouri State University, KZLX-LP
— Second Place: Joey Stokes, Halloween Feature, Northwest Missouri State University, ..
— Third Place: Joey Stokes, Yultide Feast Feature, Northwest Missouri State University, ..

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Adam Hasan Ghassemi, "Student Fees," Drake University, KDCS
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Radio Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Richard Jordan, "No thank you for flu shots," University of Missouri-Columbia, KOMU-TV
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Andrea Burnett, "Celebration," University of Kansas, KUJH-TV
— Second Place: Kodi Tillery, "Mail Box Pipe Bombs," University of Kansas, KUJH-TV
— Third Place: No award given.

Television Feature
Winner: Justin A. Herndon, "Neverending War," University of Missouri-Columbia, KOMU News at Ten
— Second Place: Heather Attig, "Ticks," University of Kansas, KUJH-TV
— Third Place: Barry Loudis and Joy Larson, "Taxes," University of Kansas, KUJH-TV

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Marla Heiman, "Hunter at UIC," University of Missouri-Columbia, KOMU-NBC 8
— Second Place: Michael Bieve, "Agricultural Run-off Pollution," University of Kansas, KPTS-TV, Wichita
— Third Place: Janet Mason, "KU Employees," University of Kansas, KUJH-TV

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
No awards given.

Online Feature Reporting
No awards given.

Online In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Online Sports Reporting
No awards given.

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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