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Contact Awards Coordinator Abbi Martzall via email or by phone 317/927-8000, ext. 210.

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.


Awards Committee Members

Rebecca Baker
Staff Writer
The Journal News
914-694-5064
E-mail
Bio (click to expand) picture Rebecca Baker is managing editor of the New York Law Journal, the largest-circulation legal daily newspaper in the country. She has been a reporter for The (Bergen) Record in New Jersey, The Journal News in Westchester County, New York, and the New Haven Register in Connecticut.

She is a member of SPJ's national board as Region 1 Director, overseeing all student and professional SPJ chapters in the Northeast. She is on the advisory council of The Deadline Club in New York City, where she also served as president, awards contest chairwoman and events chairwoman.


Jay Evensen
Editorial Page Editor
The Deseret News
801-237-2185
E-mail
Bio (click to expand) picture Jay Evensen is a senior columnist and editorial writer for the Deseret News and deseretnews.com in Salt Lake City, where he has worked since 1986. He currently is a member of the SDX Board and previously served for six years as the Region 9 director on the SPJ Board. He also was president of the Utah Headliners chapter of SPJ in the early '90s. He has won numerous local and regional SPJ awards, was in charge of the Utah Headliner awards in the '90s, and has been a judge for MOE, SDX, the Pulliam Fellowship, the First Amendment Award and several other local and regional awards. He enjoys serving on the committee because he believes SPJ's awards are perhaps its most visible face to the world of journalism and must reflect the utmost in credibility and prestige.

Sue Kopen Katcef
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
301-405-7526
@umnewsie
E-mail
Bio (click to expand) picture Sue Kopen Katcef is an award winning reporter who's currently the Broadcast Bureau Director for the Capital News Service operated by the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sue has been a member of SPJ since 1974 (when it was still Sigma Delta Chi) while a student at the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and a former long-time board member of the Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. She has previously served on the SPJ national board as a campus adviser at-large and is currently SPJ's National Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs. Sue has served on SPJ's Awards & Honors Committee for a number of years. As chair of the committee, Sue led the panel in what is now an on-going review of both the MOE and SDX awards to try and contemporize both contests. Sue has submitted MOE entries (on behalf of her students) as well as judged and coordinated (regionally) the Mark of Excellence contest and served as a judge for many years of the Sigma Delta Chi contest.

Mark Lodato, vice chair
News Director & Professor of Practice
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Arizona State University
602-496-9415
E-mail
Bio (click to expand) Mark Lodato is assistant dean at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where he supervises the broadcast and sports curriculum. Duties also include working with the leadership team on recruitment strategies, establishing new media partnerships and development. As News Director, Lodato supervises the national award-winning television newscast, Cronkite News. He is the recipient of the 2014 ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. His journalism career includes more than 16 years as a television reporter in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida. Lodato is a longtime member of the SPJ Awards and Honors Committee and works to represent the interests of schools participating in the Mark of Excellence Awards.

SPJ Awards

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National Contests
Awards, Fellowships and Internships
— SPJ Honors: Public | Members
National Chapter Awards
National Contests (discontinued)
Local/Regional Contests


Awards: Important Dates

– Mon, Nov 03, 2014: New America Award: Nominations Open [SPJ Awards]
– Mon, Nov 03, 2014: 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards: Nominations Open [SPJ Awards]
– Mon, Nov 03, 2014: 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards: Nominations Open [SPJ Awards]
– Wed, Nov 05, 2014: High School Essay Contest: Nominations Open [SPJ Awards]
– Fri, Jan 23, 2015: 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards Submission Deadline [SPJ Awards]
– Fri, Feb 06, 2015: 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards Submission Deadline [SPJ Awards]
– Fri, Feb 13, 2015: New America Award Submission Deadline [SPJ Awards]
– Sat, Feb 28, 2015: High School Essay Contest Postmark Deadline [SPJ Awards]
– Fri, Apr 24, 2015: 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards Winners Announcement [SPJ Awards]
– Fri, Jun 26, 2015: 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet [SPJ Awards]


2013 National Mark of Excellence Awards Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to present the national winners of the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards, recognizing collegiate work published or broadcasted during 2013. The awards honor the best in student journalism.

Follow this link to see a list of winners and view their work.



2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Judges chose the winners from 1,800 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2013. Follow this link to see a list of winners and view their work.

National SPJ Contests

Sigma Delta Chi Awards
The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes given in the profession, and are unique, because they recognize achievement in all forms of journalism: print, television, radio, graphics, magazines, research, newsletters and online.

Mark of Excellence Awards
The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism. Judged at the regional and national level, the annual competition offers 39 categories in newspapers, magazines, photography, radio, television and online journalism.

SPJ National High School Essay Contest
SPJ wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Free Media to our lives. The top three national winners receive scholarship awards.

New America Award
SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States.

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National Awards, Fellowships and Internships

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing
The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

Heroes of the 50 States: The State Government Hall of fame
A joint venture by SPJ and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states.

Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships
The Society of Professional Journalists annually awards two Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships. One intern works in the offices of the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. The other intern works at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis.

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National SPJ Honors (Public)

Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
The Award honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education and to maintaining the highest standards of the profession.

Ethics in Journalism Award
The Ethics in Journalism Award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior. Nominations are open. Self-nomination is permitted.

Fellows of the Society
The Fellows of the Society honor is presented to journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.

Historic Sites in Journalism
The recognition honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.

Sunshine Award
The Sunshine Award recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award
This Award honors a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism.

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National SPJ Honors (Members)

Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
The Award salutes individual professional members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.

David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
The Award honors individuals who have done an outstanding job serving as SPJ campus adviser and who have contributed to their chapters and the national organization over an extended period of time.

Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
The Award honors a graduating student in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.

Regional Director of the Year Award
The Award honors an outstanding SPJ regional director.

Wells Memorial Key
Wells Memorial Key is the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a member for outstanding service to the Society over a period of years.

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National Chapter Awards

Circle of Excellence Awards
The awards recognize chapters for outstanding efforts in five key areas.

Outstanding Professional and Campus Chapter Awards
The awards salute chapters for overall excellence in supporting the Society’s missions, members and the profession. Up to three large and three small professional chapters will be selected each year for recognition, with one in each category being chosen as the chapter of the year. On the campus level, one will be selected from each of SPJ's 12 regions, with one being chosen as the overall campus chapter of the year.

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National Contests (Discontinued)

First Amendment Award
The First Amendment Award honored individuals and organizations for extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment.

Helen Thomas Award
The Helen Thomas Award honored an individual or individuals for a lifetime of contribution to the journalism profession.

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Local and Regional SPJ Contests

Recognizing outstanding achievement in journalism and dedicated service to the profession and the Society is an important part of the Society of Professional Journalists. The purpose is to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism. Many SPJ regions and local chapters have developed their recognition programs to honor individuals and groups for their work, service and contributions to the Society and the profession.

The Green Eyeshade Awards
Open to journalists in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards
Includes Professional, High School/Community College contests and Scholarships. Sponsored by SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter.

Connecticut SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Deadline Club Awards
Sponsored by the New York City Chapter Deadline Club.

Press Club of Long Island Awards

Dateline Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter

First Amendment Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Fort Worth Pro Chapter

South Florida Chapter Scholarships
Must be from South Florida.

The Golden Press Card Awards
Sponsored by the East Tennessee Pro Chapter.

Journalist of the Year & Excellence in Journalism
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter.

Ohio’s Best Journalism
Conducted jointly by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland SPJ pro chapters.

Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism
Sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club.

Page One Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Minnesota Pro Chapter

Los Angeles Pro Chapter Annual Awards
For more information, visit this chapter's Web site.

Northern California Excellence in Journalism Awards
Honoring journalists in Northern California. Sponsored by the SPJ Northern California Pro Chapter.

San Diego-Area Journalism Competition
Sponsored by the San Diego pro chapter. Entry form available from chapter Web site.

Best of Indiana Journalism Contest
Sponsored by the Indiana pro chapter. Entry form and additional information available from chapter Web site.

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