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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.


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2000 Mark of Excellence
Region 8 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Cecily Sailer, University of Texas at Austin, "Light Rail Just Doesn't Make Sense"
— Second Place: Amy Wilson, Abilene Christian University, "Media oversteps role in election"

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Chris Panatier, University of Texas at Austin, "Electoral Vote"
— Second Place: Chris Panatier, University of Texas at Austin, "The final arbiter"
— Third Place: Jason Ramos, San Antonio College, "Florida Ballot"

General Column Writing
Winner: Marshall Maher, University of Texas at Austin, "Thriving on Conflicts of Interest" and other columns
— Second Place: Jessica Smith, Abilene Christian University, "Measuring Stick" and other columns
— Third Place: Bonnie Lovell, University of North Texas, "In the sheltering arms of an SUV" and other columns

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Paul Weber, University of Texas at Austin, Sports Columns
— Second Place: Damien Pierce, University of Texas at Austin, Sports Columns
— Third Place: Josh Crutchmer, Oklahoma State University, Sports Columns

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Mary Virgina Watson, Margarita Jimenez and Melissa Smith, San Antonio College, "Café Closure"
— Second Place: Allison Haney, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, "'Lite' Goes Out"
— Third Place: Quannah Leonard, Oklahoma State University, (Article on public execution)

General News Reporting
Winner: The Daily O'Collegian Staff, Oklahoma State University, Bombing Anniversary Coverage
— Second Place: Patrick Badgley, University of Texas at Austin, "Athletic salariesÉ"
— Third Place: Jennifer Schraag, Amarillo College, "Decisions leave ATC parkless"

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Jennie Kennedy, University of Texas at Austin, "Asian American Studies: Past, Present and Future"
— Second Place: Laura Jesse, San Antonio College, "We're not giving the district 60 acres"
— Third Place: Erin Gruene, Carlos Raigosa and Annette Germinario, Tarrant County College, "Piercing ScreamsÉ"

Feature Writing
Winner: Kristin Finan, University of Texas at Austin, "Getting Their Groove On"
— Second Place: April Marciszewski, Oklahoma State University, Hope fo the Future"
— Third Place: Purval Patel, University of Texas at Austin, "Good flies. Bad ants."

Sports Writing
Winner: Josh Crutchmer, Oklahoma State University, "OSU ticket prices top Big 12"

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin
— Second Place: The Daily O'Collegian, Oklahoma State University
— Third Place: The Daily Campus, Southern Methodist University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington
— Second Place: TCU Daily Skiff, Texas Christian University,
— Third Place: The North Texas Daily, University of North Texas

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper
Winner: The Ranger (Melissa Smith, Laura Jesse — editors), San Antonio College
— Second Place: The Ranger (Erin Simpson, Glenda Taylor — editors), Amarillo College
— Third Place: The Collegian, Tarrant County College

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

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Magazines

Non-Fiction Article Newspaper
Winner: Mary Virginia Watson, San Antonio College, "Blood Money"
— Second Place: Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio College, "Comics aren't just for kids anymore"

Best Student Magazine published once a year
Winner: The Fourth Write, San Antonio College

Best Student Magazine published more than once a year
Winner: Image Magazine, Texas Christian University
— Second Place: AC Current (Victor Newman, Jamie Leible, Bekah Gross-editors), Amarillo College

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Paul Rutherford, Oklahoma State University
— Second Place: Adrianne Jaeckle, University of Texas at Austin

General News Photography
Winner: Amanda Reiter, Abilene Christian University
— Second Place: Adrianne Jaeckle, University of Texas at Austin
— Third Place: James Ethridge, Tarrant County College

Feature Photography
Winner: Vincent McDonald, San Antonio College
— Second Place: Paul Rutherford, Oklahoma State University
— Third Place: Kristen Austin, University of Texas at Austin

Photo Illustration
Winner: The Collegian staff, Tarrant County College
— Second Place: Nate Billings, Oklahoma State University
— Third Place: Cynthia Esparza, San Antonio College

Sports Photography
Winner: Paul Rutherford, Oklahoma State University
— Second Place: Allen Poizner, University of Texas at Austin
— Third Place: Cynthia Esparza, San Antonio College

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Feature
Winner: Kyle Enevoldsen, Oklahoma State University, "Catching Air: Gary Moore and 'Team Tiger'"

Radio In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

General News Reporting
Winner: Richard Neel, University of Texas at Austin, "Textbook Costs"
— Second Place: Jennifer Mutz and Katie Lovetinsky, University of Texas at Austin, "Bonfire Rememberance"

Television Feature
Winner: Sandi Craig, University of Central Oklahoma, "Special Kids"

Television In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Brent Strong, University of Texas at Austin, "Low Attendance"
— Second Place: Scott Reister and Brent Strong, University of Texas at Austin, "College Pressbox"

Television News Photography
No awards given.

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Katie Lovetinsky and Jennifer Mutz, University of Texas at Austin, "Wildlife Park"
— Second Place: Katie Lovetinsky, University of Texas at Austin, "Foster Dogs"

Television Sports Photography
No awards given.

Television Daily Newscast
No awards given.

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: KVR-TV Staff (Richard Neel — producer/Katie Lovetinsky — news director), University of Texas at Austin, 12/11/2000 Broadcast
— Second Place: KVR-TV Staff (Richard Neel — producer/Katie Lovetinsky — news director), University of Texas at Austin, 2/28/2000 Broadcast

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