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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Andy Schotz
The Gazette
Gaithersburg, Md.
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
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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Editorial Writing
The State Press, Arizona State University
FERPA shields students from real world

Editorial Cartooning
Dusty Higgins
The Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas

General Column Writing
Samantha Xanthos
The State Press, Arizona State University
Better to be outfitted in fatigues than apathy, and other columns

Sports Column Writing
Dustin Dopirak
Daily Collegian, The Pennsylvania State University

Spot News Reporting
Nick Kershbaumer
Daily Collegian, The Pennsylvania State University
Student dies in confrontation downtown

General News Reporting
Lisa Humes-Schultz, Emma Schwartz & My-Thuan Tran
The Daily Californian, University of California-Berkeley
Proposition 54 Campaign breaks UC spending codes

In-Depth Reporting
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Cuba: An Elusive Truth

Feature Writing
Colin McDonald
The Missoulian, Western Washington University
Rail Life

Sports Writing
Bruce Tran
The UCLA Daily Bruin, University of California-Los Angeles
Riding it Out

Best All-Around Daily Newspaper (4-5 times per week)
The Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles

Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (2-3 times per week)
The Hatchet, George Washington University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper
The Chart, Missouri Southern State University

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Non-Fiction Article
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
Vision Magazine, Boston University
The Press and Enron

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Renegade, University of Texas-Arlington

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
The Burr, Kent State University

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Spot News Photography
Jack Bland
Golden Gate [X]Press, San Francisco State University
Spraying the Camera Man

General News Photography
Andrew Logan
The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississsippi
Go to hell Ole Miss

Feature Photography
Amy Ellis
The Lumberjack, Northern Arizona University
Love proves Stronger than Death

Photo Illustration
Ken Michelson
The Daily, University of Washington
Delivering Khaelen

Sports Photography
Christine Weremy
Marquette Tribune, Marquette University
Panthers halt Eagles' offensive

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Radio Spot News Reporting
August Skamenca
KBIA 91.3 FM, University of Missouri
Brazito Tornado

Radio Feature
Kim Hannold
PSU: ComRadio, The Pennsylvania State University
Black Caucus Rally

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Justin Terry
NPR News 91, Boise State University
The New Freedom Riders

Radio Sports Reporting
Brian Kern, Wesley Anderson, Brian Gustin & Theodore Tutson
WGRE 91.5 FM, DePauw University
Monon Bell Pre-game

Radio Daily Newscast
WERS 88.9 FM, Emerson College
The WERS News

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Television Spot News Reporting
Tim Hagerty & Pat Driscoll
News 7, Lyndon State College
An Unlikely Fire

Television General News Reporting
Roxane Assaf
WYCC-TV, Northwestern University
Illegal Carlos

Television Feature
Jessica Abo
WYCC-TV, Northwestern University
Wrongfully Convicted

Television In-Depth Reporting
WYCC-TV, Northwestern University
America's Military: Changing Roles, Changing Rules

Television Sports Reporting
Marshall Lee & Lynn Beedle
Our American Journey, Norwich University
The Road Back to the Frozen Four

Television News Photography
Carolyn Wiedel
UMTV, University of Maryland
Vets Return

Television Feature Photography
Our American Journey, Norwich University
High School

Television Sports Photography
Our American Journey, Norwich University
The Road Back to the Frozen Four

Television Daily Newscast
TV-2 News, Kent State University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Jane Choi
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Carolina Week

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Online Spot News Reporting
Michael Barnett & Mosheh Oinounou
The GW Hatchet, George Washington University
GW student shoots UMD student, kills self

Online General News Reporting
Fanen Chiahemen, Stephen Mather, Amanda Karr & Nikole Albowicz
Maryland Newsline, University of Maryland
AIDS: Dealing with an Epidemic

Online Feature Reporting
Sarah Schaffer & Adam Newman
Capital News Service, University of Maryland
A Second Chance

Online In-Depth Reporting
Fanen Chiahemen, Stephen Mather & Nikole Albowicz
Capital News Service, University of Maryland
Legalizing Slots

Online Sports Reporting
Iditarod Coverage Team
Extreme Alaska, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Iditarod Fairbanks

Online Opinion and Commentary
Staff, University of Alabama
Bailey Thomson package

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
The Digital Collegian, The Pennsylvania State University

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
Leslie Stroope, Rami Daud & Jeff Baker
The Cy Burr, Kent State University

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
Tom Livingston, Krystal Tweeddale and Alex Brancard
Denver Cable Channel 54, Metropolitan State College of Denver
The Met Report

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Staff, University of Alabama