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Andy Schotz
City editor
The Frederick News-Post
Frederick, Md.
Bio (click to expand) picture Andy Schotz is a city editor for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md.

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 has worked at The Frederick News-Post since September 2015.

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
Winner: Bob Rudderow, Editorials of The Triangle, The Triangle, Drexel University
— Second Place: Berkeley Beacon Staff (c/o Tania Mejer), Berkeley Beacon staff editorials, Berkeley Beacon, Emerson College

Editorial Cartooning
No awards given.

General Column Writing
Winner: Chris Puzak, "Chris Puzak: Distorting the Medium," The Triangle, Drexel University
— Second Place: Marybeth T Hagan, "Let Our Children Play Their Games Free of the Pressure From Adults," "Church needs the healing of apology closer to home," The Philadelphia Inquirer, Temple University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Paul LaRocco, Emerson College
— Second Place: Anthony Gargano, Duquesne
— Third Place: John D'Abruzzo, Waynesburg

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Robert F. Bluey, "New Food Service on The Way," The Ithacan, Ithaca College
— Second Place: Jon Bemis and J. Bryan McCarthy, "The University Mourns," The Setonian, Seton Hall University
— Third Place (tie): Susanna Runtel Short, Several articles on the beating of student Justin Hall, The Aquinas, University of Scranton
— Third Place (tie): Asher Price, Yale University, "Bandit Kidnaps Film Star and It's Not a Movie," The Washington Post, Yale University

General News Reporting
Winner: Ellen R. Stapleton, "Sex Reference in Paper Leads to Withdrawal," The Ithacan, Ithaca College
— Second Place: Steve Peoples, "Students' Voting Rights in Jeopardy," The Free Press, University of Southern Maine
— Third Place (tie): Jonathan Kroll and Daisy Lau, "University in Violation of Federal Law Due to SSN Leak," The Triangle, Drexel University
— Third Place (tie): Amanda Tracy, "Rugby Season Scrubbed," The Norwich Guidon, Norwich University

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: April Johnston, "A Story of Rape," Duquesne Duke, Duquesne University
— Second Place (tie): Cynthia Roy, Brian Eastwood, Amanda Lehmert, Marc Fantasia and Tania Mejer, "Aramark Meal Plans," Berkeley Beacon, Emerson College
— Second Place (tie): Anne Kovacs, "Still Struggling To 'Overcome'," The Lion's Roar, Penn State
— Third Place (tie): Caryn Tamber, "Race Issues Divide Men in Blue," University of Pennsylvania
— Third Place (tie): Chris Baker, "Police Shortage," The Free Press, University of Southern Maine

Feature Writing
Winner: Jessica Caufman, "Carol, On Her Own," Syracuse University
— Second Place: Eliza Wilmerding, "The Nurse That Hurts," Boston University
— Third Place: Ryan Hockensmith, "The Search for Answers," Penn State

Sports Writing
Winner: Ryan Hockensmith, "His Father's Son," Penn State
— Second Place: Eric Moskowitz, "Feinburg is no lonely kicker," University of Pennsylvania
— Third Place: Marsha MacEachern, "Playing Isn't the only Thing," Emerson College

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
No awards given.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Setonian, The Setonian, The Setonian, Seton Hall University
— Second Place: The Ithacan, The Ithacan, Ithaca College
— Third Place: The Free Press, The Free Press, The Free Press, University of Southern Maine

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper Newspaper
No awards given.

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Non-Fiction Article Newspaper
Winner: Anne Saita, "Obsession," Vision Magazine, Boston University
— Second Place: Joshua Shreckengost, "Jesse's Story," The Communicator, Hofstra University
— Third Place (tie): Morgon Hook, "Playing While Black," Vision Magazine, Boston University
— Third Place (tie): Deirdre Fucheon, "The (Communist) Kids are Alright," Vision Magazine, Boston University

Best Student Magazine published once a year
Winner: J.T. Lock, Wayne Clark, Jason Chudy, Jason Huffine, Sherri Taylor, "MPJ-Military Photojournalist," MPJ, Syracuse University
— Second Place: Vision Magazine, Vision Magazine, Boston University
— Third Place: The Comment, The Comment, Boston University

Best Student Magazine published more than once a year
Winner: Spectrum Magazine, Spectrum Magazine Summer 2000, Winter 2000, Spectrum Magazine Vol. 14 #1, Blomsburg University
— Second Place: Thea Lynda Palad, Unbound, Unbound, The College of New Jersey
— Third Place: Adam Stone, editor, and staff, The Communicator, The Communicator, Hofstra University

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Spot News Photography
Winner: Barbara Ovrutsky, "Beaver Canyon Riot," Pennsylvania State University

General News Photography
Winner: Kristin Sampiere, "University Sit-In," Ithaca College
— Second Place: Robin Hoecker, "Splitting the Defense," Penn State
— Third Place: Sherry Whittemore, "Beg-a-thon is going on," University of Southern Maine

Feature Photography
Winner: Mike LeGrand, "Art-Deco Parking Lot," Drexel University
— Second Place: Michael Cope, "Say Good Night to Fall," Waynesburg College
— Third Place: Melissa Deschamps, "Students Battle," Seton Hall University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Deirdre Fucheon, "The (Communist) Kids Are Alright," Boston University
— Second Place: Kirsty Rowe, "Students and Faculty Gather for Mideast Peace," Emerson College
— Third Place: Melissa Thornley, Ithaca College, "Head of the Class: Nick Tarant," Ithaca College

Sports Photography
Winner: Bethany Boarts, Penn State
— Second Place: Melissa Thornley, Ithaca College
— Third Place: Barbara Ovrutsky, Penn State

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Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Laura Anne Schaff, "Live Presidential Election Coverage-From DNH-Nashville," WRSU, Rutgers University
— Second Place: WERS Radio, "Nader In Boston," WERS Radio, Emerson College
— Third Place: Michelle Macklem, "Voter Turnout," WKPS, Penn State

Radio Feature
Winner: Jonathan Betz, "A Zoo On The Rebound," WAER, Syracuse University
— Second Place: WERS Radio, "Thanksgiving," WERS Radio, Emerson College
— Third Place: Nathan James, "Rocco's Used Furniture And Things," Brown Student Radio, Brown University

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: WERS Radio, "Common Corner," WERS Radio, Emerson College
— Second Place: Timothy R Dougherty, "Penn State Energy Use," WKPS, Penn State
— Third Place: Farnk Hogan, Laura Delahunt, Derek Jones, Kate Dagress, Russ Giniger, Dean Greco, Kevin Price, Steve Germoso, Kevin Looney, "The Internet-Birth of the Dot Com Culture," WGLS, Rowan University

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Autumn L Marisa, "Nittany Lion Basketball," WKPS, Penn State
— Second Place: WERS Radio, "Sports Sunday," WERS Radio, Emerson College

Radio Daily Newscast
Winner: WERS Radio, "WERS News," WERS Radio, Emerson College

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Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Adam Aurand, "Sodexho-Marriott Protest," ICTV, Ithaca College
— Second Place: Ben Simmoneau, "Trash Pile-Up," ICTV, Ithaca College
— Third Place: Diane Coniff, "Taken For A Ride," L.I. News Tonight, New York Institute of Technology

General News Reporting
Winner: Ben Simmoneau, "Vet School/PETA," ICTV, Ithaca College
— Second Place: Patrick McGowan, "The Trip of a Lifetime ," L.I. News Tonight, New York Institute of Technology
— Third Place: Matthew Clough, "Altoona-Johnstown Market," WTAJ TV, Penn State
— Honorable Mention:Justin Solomon, "Comics Come Home," Emerson Channel, Emerson College

Television Feature
Winner: Bethany Chamberland, "Shoveling Snow," Ithaca Collge
— Second Place: Ben Dobson, Jeff Saperstone, "Lego Competition," Ithaca College
3nd Place: Douglas Anderson, "Children's Charity Food Dr," Penn State

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Gina Maiorano, Ravin Patterson, Jose Alverez, Bob Lightfoot, Jason Ozwald, Jeremy Wilson, "Not Without a Past," Rowan Univ.
— Second Place: Dominic Bonelli, Jason Kauffin, DUffy Nagle, Pat Stone, "Our American Journey: Veitnam — The Unforgiven," Norwich Univ.
3nd Place: Carylyn Scharf, Rasheed Daniel, Matthew Hundzynski, Heather Wills, Teresa Swarwood, Leigh Ann Keys, "Wasted Youth," Rowan Univ.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: John Alhart, Laurie Remia, "The Gridiron Report: Ithaca vs. Buffalo State," Ithaca College Television, Ithaca College
— Second Place: Chelsea Sobel, "Cheering on a winner," New York Institute of Technology

Television News Photography
No awards given.

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Helen Couture, Mark Pappalardo, "Sacred Buffalo," Kingdom Access Television, Lyndon State College

Television Sports Photography
No awards given.

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: "Newscenter 2 @ noon," Lyndon State College

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: "Newswatch 16," ICTV, Ithaca College

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