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Andy Schotz
The Gazette
Gaithersburg, Md.
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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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2001 Mark of Excellence
Region 3 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Jen Miller, University of Tampa, The Minaret
— Second Place: Brian Basinger, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Third Place: Matthew Cate, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Steven Olexa, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon

General Column Writing
Winner: Hilary Hilliard, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Second Place: Kevin Graham, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Third Place: Ryan Meehan, University of South Florida, The Oracle

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Jeff Darlington, University of Florida, The Independent Florida Alligator
— Second Place: David Marsters, University of Central Florida, The Central Florida Future

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Todd Wright, "Man survives skyway jump," Florida A&M University, St. Petersburg Times
— Second Place: Barney Gimbel, "Inner tube ride turns tragic for 2 siblings," Emory University, The Palm Beach Post
— Third Place: Marlon Walker, Naeemah Khabir and Daniel Carson, "Terrorists attack US," Florida A&M University, The Famuan

General News Reporting
Winner: Kevin Langston, "State could lose SCETV," University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter
— Second Place: Erin Bryce, "A deadly cycle," University of Florida, The Independent Florida Alligator
— Third Place: Ryan Meehan, Series on suspected terrorist professor, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Honorable Mention: Brian Bassinger, "University funding in jeopardy," University of Georgia, The Red & Black

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Barney Gimbel, "Majority of juveniles in adult prisons will stay there," Emory University, The Palm Beach Post
— Second Place: Selina Roman, "Records found in bins," University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Third Place: Samira Jafari, "DUI package," University of Georgia, The Red & Black

Feature Writing
Winner: Whitney Fuller, "Forging a friendship despite differences," University of Florida, The Gainesville Sun
— Second Place: Emily Stewart, "Bringing up bettas," University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter
— Third Place: Williesha Lakin, "Barbie — More than child's play," University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter

Sports Writing
Winner: Rick Johnston, "The other side of the ball," University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter
— Second Place: Andre Carter, "Chiles follows Yasinsac," Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Democrat
— Third Place: Khari D. Williams, "Beware of Cudjoe," University of South Florida, The Oracle

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Red & Black, University of Georgia
— Second Place: The Oracle, University of South Florida
— Third Place: The Daily Beacon, University of Tennessee

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: The Emory Wheel, Emory University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published less than twice a week)
Winner: The Carolina Reporter, University of South Carolina

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Ann Norsworthy, "Black Hole," University of South Florida, Static magazine
— Second Place: Adrian Parker, Christina Deans and Maya Harper, "Gambling with your credit," Florida A&M University, Journey magazine
— Third Place: Kevin Graham and Jarrett Guthrie, "Promised Land," University of South Florida, Static magazine

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Gallery, Walters State Community College
— Second Place: Omnibus, University of South Florida
— Third Place: Static, University of South Florida

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Phoenix Literary Art Magazine, University of Tennessee
— Second Place: Journey, Florida A&M University

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Michael McCormack, "Fire in the fort," University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon
— Second Place: Stephen Jones, "Inspecting windstorm damage," University of Georgia

General News Photography
Winner: Monira Al-Haroun, "Pakistani at interfaith prayer," University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Second Place: Rick Johnston, "Mock decontamination," University of South Carolina
— Third Place: R.C. Rique, "Release little turtles," Florida A&M University, The Sun

Feature Photography
Winner: R.C. Rique, "On the water," Florida A&M University
— Second Place: R.C. Rique, "Milking time," Florida A&M University
— Third Place: R.C. Rique, "Fast track to fun," Florida A&M University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Sam Taylor, "Promised land," University of South Florida, Static magazine
— Second Place: Andres Asturias, "Adorning the flesh," University of South Florida

Sports Photography
Winner: Andres Asturias, "The Extra Point," University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Second Place: Becky Reid, "Basketball action," University of Georgia

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Feature
Winner: Alexa Woell, "Watermelons and the drought," University of Florida, WUFT-FM
— Second Place: Hannah Field, "A safe space for the homeless," University of Florida, WUFT-FM
— Third Place: Tarin Smithline, "The Pine Beetle battle," University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Hannah Field, "Courthouse security," University of Florida, WUFT-FM
— Second Place: Jeremy King, "Taxes," University of Alabama, WTXT-FM

Radio Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Jennifer Crawford, "Cop dead," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Second Place: Paul Milliken, "Homeless," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Third Place: Jennifer James, "Fire," Troy State University, WTSU-TV

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Kelle Vereen, "LST 325," University of South Alabama
— Second Place: Kim Balestrieri, "Flight schools," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Third Place: John Huddleston, "Smelly trash," University of Alabama, WJRD-TV
— Honorable Mention: Jennifer James, "Credit cards," Troy State University

Television Feature
Winner: Jeremy King, "Greenwood concert," University of Alabama, WJRD-TV
— Second Place: Adam Roland, "Rock climbing," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Third Place: Janice Carpio, "Video games," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Honorable Mention: Mika Highsmith, "FAMU homecoming 2001 step-show (Greek)," Florida A&M University, FAMU-TV

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Mike Dello Stritto, "Nursing homes," University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Andrew Huff, Matthew Hall and Jon Russell, "Georgia gameday," University of Georgia
— Second Place: Charles Cote, "Lacrosse," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Third Place: Elton Gumbel, "FAMU Homecoming 2001 football match-up," Florida A&M University, FAMU-TV
— Honorable Mention: Shannon Edwards, "Riddle-Pace," Troy State University, WTSU-TV

Television News Photography
Winner: Beau Zimmer, "Water," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Second Place: Tiffany Smith, "Parade," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Third Place: John Huddleston, "Armory security," University of Alabama, WJRD-TV

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Sean Lewis, "Sugar cane," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Second Place: J.P. Hervis, "Rock climbing," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
Television Sports Photography
Winner: David Burgess, "Lacrosse," University of Florida, WUFT-TV
— Second Place: David Burgess, "Bike race," University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: WUFT-TV, "News5 @ 5:30," University of Florida
— Second Place: TSU-TV, "TSU Nightly News," Troy State University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
Winner: Jackie Van Hoff, Amelia Parker, Kristy Kirkland, Mary Louise Mason, Tasha Smith, Major Highfield, Jennifer Ackerman, Ashley Hudson, Lea Konjevic, Laura Shill and Tai Hicks, "A day we'll never forget: A special section of Dateline Alabama," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "Here comes the sun — one final time," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Jennifer Falor, "Arrest video reveals Adler's performance," University of Florida, Alligator Online

Online General News Reporting
Winner: Jennifer Falor, "Tragedy jolts nation," University of Florida, Alligator Online
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "Playmates uncovered," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Kristy Kirkland, ""Cutting ties with the Greek system: A third solution?" University of Alabama Dateline Alabama," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Major Highfield, "When second comes first," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: Staci LaTurno, "'Fences' playwright August Wilson lectures on writing and race," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Jennifer Falor, "Strength in mind," University of Florida, Alligator Online

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Jennifer Falor, "Under the street lamp," University of Florida, Alligator Online
— Second Place: Kristy Kirkland, "Minor Heights Fire Board: The heat is on," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Emily Stewart, "Understanding Islam," University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter

Online Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Bradley E. Guire, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: The Red & Black, University of Georgia
— Second Place: The Carolina Reporter, University of South Carolina

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
No awards given.

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
No awards given.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Dateline Alabama, University of Alabama

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