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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Andy Schotz
The Gazette
Gaithersburg, Md.
@spjregion2
Email
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
E-mail
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.

2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Judges chose the winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2011.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well- informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.


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Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Groundhog Day Blizzard - by staff, Chicago Tribune
Download [PDF, 9 MB]


Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Capitol shocker - by staff, Wisconsin State Journal
Download [PDF, 788 KB]


Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
Tropical Storm Irene - by Staff, Valley News
Download [PDF, 21.7 MB]


Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Breakaway Wealth - by Staff, The Washington Post
Download [PDF, 5.5 MB]


Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Pill sick - by Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel
Download [PDF, 9.5 MB]


Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Blue water veterans - by Will Doolittle, The Post-Star
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Other People's Money - by Greg Lamm, Puget Sound Business Journal
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3


Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Shattered Trust - by Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett, John Diedrich, Ben Poston, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Download [PDF, 14.5 MB]


Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Danger below: Cancer cluster raises questions about legacy of toxic waste - by Amy Choate-Nielsen, Deseret News
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
The case of Dr. Konasiewicz - by Brandon Stahl and Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune
Download [PDF, 22.8 MB]


Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
The Waste Land - by Rebekah L. Cowell, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Story published in The Independent Weekly.
Read Online: Link


Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
A Chance in Hell - by Corinne Reilly, The Virginian-Pilot
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Transgender - by Paul Grondahl and Cindy Schultz, Albany Times Union
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Hard Lessons of the Tweed - by Candace Page, Burlington Free Press
Download [PDF, 8.8 MB]


Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
My Father's Bones - by Stefan Kamph, New Times Broward/Palm Beach
Download [PDF, 3.6 MB]


Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Hospital Merger: A Series of Editorials - by Keith Runyon, The Courier-Journal
Download [PDF, 6.3 MB]


Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Editorials on Social Justice Issues - by Jane Eisner, Forward Newspaper
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Washington Correspondence
Disabled System - by Damian Paletta, The Wall Street Journal
Download [PDF, 19.3 MB]


Foreign Correspondence
China: Repression and Dissension - by Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers
Download [PDF, 4.8 MB]


General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Brian McGrory, The Boston Globe
Download [PDF, 11.7 MB]


General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Dan Casey, The Roanoke Times
Download [PDF, 3.3 MB]


Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post
Download [PDF, 727 KB]


Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Ron Chimelis, The Republican
Download [PDF, 2 MB]


Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
The End of Privacy - by Staff, The Wall Street Journal
Download [PDF, 6.4 MB]


Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
The Jerry Sandusky-Penn State Scandal - by Sara Ganim, Donald Gilliland, Ivey DeJesus, Jeff Frantz, The Patriot-News
Download [PDF, 14 MB]


Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
For a Child's Sake: The epidemic of child abuse - by Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon, The Star Press
Download [PDF, 14.4 MB]


Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
Rotten to the Core: An investigation of the McKay Scholarship Program - by Gus Garcia-Roberts, Miami New Times
Download [PDF, 2.8 MB]

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Magazines

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
The Invisible Army - by Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker
Read Online: Link


Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Behind Bars: Love, Sex, Rape and New York's Women Prisoners - by Kelly Virella, City Limits
Download [PDF, 2.5 MB]


Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
Smoke Signals - by J. Malcolm Garcia, The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute
Download [PDF, 7.5 MB]


Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)
The Return: One Marine's story of a mission accomplished, but not really over - by Sarah Stuteville, The Common Language Project. Published in Pacific Northwest Magazine.
Download [PDF, 775 KB]


Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)
Why your food isn’t safe – by Madeline Drexler, Good Housekeeping.
Download [PDF, 2.1 MB]


Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)
Out at first - by Angela Caputo, Kimbriell Kelly, The Chicago Reporter
Download [PDF, 2.3 MB]

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Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

For Those I Love I Will Sacrifice - by Laura Rauch, Stars and Stripes


Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

Violence, Vandals Divide a Movement - by Ray Chavez, Bay Area News Group


Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

Matt Bors, Universal Press Syndicate
Download [PDF, 3.7 MB]


Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

Marty Two Bulls, Indian Country Today Media Network
Download [PDF, 4 MB]


Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

A Lasting Toll - by Katie Falkenberg, Los Angeles Times


Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

Hope for Haiti - by Andrew West, The News-Press Media Group
Download Section [PDF, 1.5 MB]


Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)
The Recession's Toll: A Seattle Times report - by Drew DeSilver, Sanjay Bhatt, Justin Mayo and Whitney Stensrud, The Seattle Times
Download [PDF, 7.6 MB]


Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)
Fracking Environmental Impact - by Robert Zavala, Dianna Wray and Chris Cobler, Victoria (Texas) Advocate
Download [PDF, 4.7 MB]


Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

Keith Appling - by John W. McDonough, Jimmy Colton, Steve Fine and Jennifer Grad, Sports Illustrated Magazine


Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

The Shot! - by William Gibson, Dean Hockney, Sports Journal of Central Indiana

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Radio

Breaking News Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Death of Osama bin Laden - by staff, CBS Radio News


Breaking News Reporting (101+ Market)
Tuscaloosa Tornado - by Pat Duggins Ryan Vasquez Maggie Martin Stan Ingold, Alabama Public Radio


Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families - by By Laura Sullivan and Amy Walters, NPR
Listen Online: Link


Investigative Reporting (101+ Market)
Bone Marrow Testing Scandal - by Jon Greenberg, New Hampshire Public Radio


Feature Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Frank's Donation - by David C. Barnett, WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream (Cleveland)


Feature Reporting (101+ Market)
Assistance in Dying Case Raises Legal and Ethical Questions in Connecticut - by Craig LeMoult, Naomi Starobin, WSHU Public Radio (Fairfield, Conn.)


Documentaries (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Our 9/11 - by WNYC Radio Rookies and PRX (New York City)
Listen Online: Link


Documentaries (101+ Market)
Fear of Fracking - by Sandy Hausman, WVTF and RadioIQ (Roanoke, Va.)


Public Service in Radio Journalism (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Danger At Work - by John Ryan and Jim Gates, KUOW-FM (Seattle)


Public Service in Radio Journalism (101+ Market)
LIPA struggles to provide oversight of storm costs - by Charles Lane, Naomi Starobin, WSHU Public Radio (Fairfield, Conn.)

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Television

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
State Fair Tragedy - by 24-Hour News 8 Staff, WISH-TV (Indianapolis)


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Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
Giddings Homicide Investigation - by Michelle Quesada and Tyler Southard, WGXA NewsCentral FOX24/ABC16 (Macon, Ga.)


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Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
World News with Diane Sawyer: Disaster in the Pacific - by Diane Sawyer and the staff of World News, ABC NEWS


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Documentaries (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
Desert Underwater - by Staff, KLAS-TV (Las Vegas)


Documentaries (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
32 Minutes in May - by Michelle Bogowith, Jim Riek, KOMU-TV 8 (Columbia, Mo.)
Watch online [komu.com]


Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror in the Dust - by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Roni Selig,Timothy Langmaid and Stephanie Smith, CNN
Watch online [cnn.com]


Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
When Cultures Clash - by Tara Rosenblum, Jack Kearney, Gina Curran & Eric Leeds, News 12 Westchester (New York)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
15 Days: A Soldier's Journey Home - by Mark Geary, Erik Arendt and Liz Martin, KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation (I) - by Scott Pelley, Robert G. Anderson, Daniel Ruetenik and Nicole Young, CBS News 60 Minutes
Watch online [cbsnews.com]


Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
Toxic Secrets - by Tammy Leitner and David L. Paredes, KPHO - CBS 5 News (Phoenix)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
Hiding Behind the Badge - by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer - News Director, WVUE-TV (New Orleans)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Brian Ross Investigates 'Peace Corps: A trust Betrayed' - by Brian Ross Anna Schecter Rhonda Schwartz Angela Hill, ABC NEWS


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
Bully Project - by News 4 Team, WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
Recording Police Illegal - by Patrick Fazio, Bob Bruce, Tony Grant, WTWO-TV (Terre Haute, Ind.)


Launch Video [requires Flash; opens in new window]


Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
The CNN Freedom Project - by CNN Worldwide Staff
Watch online [cnn.com]

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Newsletters

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
Fukushima fallout - by Douglas P. Guarino, Inside EPA
Download [PDF, 686 KB]

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Research

Research about Journalism
Tablet Revolution and Non Profit News: Two Groundbreaking Studies of Emerging Trends in Journalism - by Tom Rosenstiel, Amy Mitchell and the staff of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism
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Online

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Occupy Burlington Shooting - by Staff, Burlington Free Press
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Gene Therapy May Reverse Hemophilia - by Brenda Goodman, Sean Swint, and Laura Martin, MD, WebMD
Read Online: Link


Digital Media Presentation (Affiliated)
The Reckoning - by The New York Times
View Online: Link


Digital Media Presentation (Independent)
31 Days, 31 Ways: The Casualties of Texas' Budget Crisis - by Staff, Texas Tribune
View Online: Link


Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)
Wired for Repression - by Vernon Silver, Ben Elgin, Alan Katz, Bloomberg News
View online: Link


Investigative Reporting (Independent)
Green Energy: Contracts, Connections and the Collapse of Solyndra - by Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk, The Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABCNews.com
View Online: Link


Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Victoria's Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton - by Cam Simpson , Bloomberg News
View online: Link


Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Fueling Fears - by Jim Morris and Chris Hamby, The Center for Public Integrity
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Online Column Writing (Affiliated)
American Story with Bob Dotson - by Bob Dotson, MSNBC
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Online Column Writing (Independent)
The Great Recession, c. 2011 - by Robert Scheer, Truthdig
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)
The Fed's Trillion-Dollar Secret - by Richard Teitelbaum, Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz, Bloomberg News
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)
Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities - by The Center for Public Integrity in partnership with NPR and Investigative News Network
Read Online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Specialized Journalism Site
SchoolBook - by The New York Times and WNYC
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