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The Awards & Honors Committee oversees most of the Society's awards, which are dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement in journalism. Any changes in guidelines, judging criteria, categories or eligibility are reviewed by this committee.


Awards & Honors Committee Chair

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.
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
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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
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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
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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.

Lisa L. Rollins, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of journalism
Ashford University
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