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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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Region 5 Winners/Finalists

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Editorial Writing
Winner: The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board, Northwestern University
— Second Place: Sam Youngman, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
— Third Place (tie): Clay McDaniel, Kentucky Kernel Press, University of Kentucky
— Third Place (tie): Columbia Chronicle editorial staff, Columbia College

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Brian Grady, Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Shane Johnson, Indiana University
— Third Place: Nick Partlow, DePauw University

General Column Writing
Winner: Taylor Loyal, Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Dena Tackett, Eastern Kentucky University
— Third Place: Scott Weaver, Ryan Slabaugh and Herman Slodowitz, DePauw University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Ryan Clark, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Steve Jones, University of Kentucky
— Third Place: Maggie Doherty, Stan Jastrzebski and Elizabeth Porter, DePauw University

Spot News Reporting
Winner: College Heights Herald Staff, "9/11/2001," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Caroline Lynch, "Professor Saved," (in the Lexington Herald Leader), Western Kentucky University
— Third Place (tie): Patrick Cooper, "Engineer Rescued," (in the St. Petersburgh Times), Northwestern University
— Third Place (tie): Travis Hubbard, "Ledford An Ambassador for UK," Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

General News Reporting
Winner: Michelle Evans, Brandon Sokol, Craig Grieve, Wil Myers. Jessica Schaab and R.J. Taylor, "The State of the Faculty," The DePauw, DePauw University
— Second Place (tie): Tracy Kershaw, and Ashley York, "UK Denies Open Records Request," Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky
— Second Place (tie): Brian Moore, "Decision 2000: The Collegiate Health Care Situation," College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
— Third Place (tie): Caroline Lynch, "Crabbers Stow Their Pots," (in the Virginian-Pilot),, Western Kentucky University
— Third Place (tie): Abbey Brown, "Harsh Reality, Healing Touch," College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Scott Spilky, "The Lack of Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Ill," The Octopus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
— Second Place: Kit Kadlec, Mike Cummings, Scott Lauck, Candace Pratsch, Ben Lanka, Deanna Zammit, Lisa Smith and Takashi Yokota, "Some Top Schools Fail Community Service Test," Northwestern University
— Third Place: Amber Holst, "South Loop in Transition," Columbia College

Feature Writing
Winner: Natalie Seibert, "Wabash Students Relish Single-Sex Status," The DePauw, DePauw University
— Second Place: Erin Chan, "BMX Excess," Northwestern University
— Third Place (tie): Mike Saewitz, "Hair on Wheels," Northwestern University
— Third Place (tie): Katherine Leal Unmuth, "Working Lures Families Northward: Living the Migrant's Life," Northwestern University

Sports Writing
Winner: Ryan Clark, "Different Faiths, One Goal," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Ed Fanselow, "Extra Innings," Northwestern University
— Third Place: Taylor Loyal, "Tops Beats Cats, Race Barriers," Western Kentucky University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
— Second Place (tie): The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
— Second Place (tie): The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky
— Third Place: The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Illinois University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: The DePauw, DePauw University
— Third Place: Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (published less than twice a week)
Winner: The Eastern Progress, Eastern Kentucky University
— Second Place: The Franklin, Franklin College
— Third Place: The Murray State News, Murray State University

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Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Mischa Gaus, "Losing Our Great Expectations," (in The Protest),, Northwestern University

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Voices from the War Zone, "Indiana University School of Journalism'

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Indiana Daily Student Weekend, Indiana University

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Spot News Photography
Winner: Jed Conklin, Price Chambers, Dawn Majors, Justin Fowler and Andreas Fuhrman, "Time Stood Still," Western Kentucky University.
— Second Place: Thomas Cordy, "Groves Recovering," Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: David White and Samuel Simpkins, "Gables Fire," Western Kentucky University

General News Photography
Winner: M.J. McDonald, Jeffrey Minnish, Jim Winn, Steven Kings and Jenny Sevcak, "Ground Zero," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Jaclyn McCabe, "Harsh Reality, Healing Touch," Western Kentucky University.
— Third Place: Jaclyn McCabe and Jeremy Lyverse, "Looking for Light," Western Kentucky University

Feature Photography
Winner: LaVondia Majors, Jed Conklin and Dawn Majors, "Royal Steps," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Sang-Hyuck Park, "Dressed to Kill," Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: Sang-Hyuck Park, "Shenanigans," Western Kentucky University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Thomas Cordy, "Virtual Enrollment," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Cassandra Shie, "Help Wanted," Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: Cassandra Shie, "Valentines Food," Western Kentucky University

Sports Photography
Winner: H. Rick Mach, Jed Conklin and Steven King, "Madness in the Making," Western Kentucky University
— Second Place: Thomas Cordy, Robyn Larsen and Josh McCoy, "Making a Point," Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: Thomas Cordy, "Field Goal Block," Western Kentucky University

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Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Vicky Tsoumbakopoulos, "Normal Fire," WZND, Illinois State University
— Second Place: Amy Kiley, "Hospital Suicides," WNUP, Northwestern University
— Third Place: David L. Shinall, "Murder-Suicide," WKCT,, Western Kentucky University.

Radio Feature
Winner: Kavitha Cardoza, "Operation Storybook," UI-17 Cable, University of Illinois
— Second Place: Didi Schwartz, "Crime in West Humboldt Park," Northwestern University
— Third Place (tie): Hana Van Engen, "River to River," WSIU, Southern Illinois University
— Third Place (tie): Ashley Kennedy, "Dying Well," University of Illinois

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Mark Gordon, "Profiles of Hope," WNUR,, Northwestern University
— Second Place: Kavitha Caddoza, "Understanding Islam," UI-7 Cable, University of Illinois
— Third Place: Didi Schwartz, Karen Moody, Tina Vu, Ben Harper and Brian Neworvski, "School's In, Part 2," WNUR, Northwestern University

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Ben Adler, "Rashidi Wheeler Feature," WNUR, Northwestern University
— Second Place: Matt Pearl, "NU Football Seniors Say Goodbye," WNUR, Northwestern University
— Third Place: Rick Gregg and Donnie Tillman, "Sunrise Sports," WSIU, Southern Illinois University

Radio Daily Newscast
No awards given.

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Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Michael Lowe, "Tragedy at Northwestern," Northwestern University
— Second Place: Beth Shayne, "Crash Reaction," Northwestern University
— Third Place: Anne Trivett, "Bioterrorism," Northwestern University

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Abbie Boudreau, "DC Angels," Northwestern University
— Second Place (tie): Joe Maxfield, "Evansville," Southern Illinois University
— Second Place (tie): Kim Hynes and Matt Koglin, "Disability Concerns," Illinois State University
— Third Place: Noelle Bye, "Veteran's Day Parade," Western Kentucky University

Television Feature
Winner: Michael Lowe, "Southside Gentrification," Northwestern University
— Second Place (tie): Scott Hums and Ricky Semmler, "Volleyball Coach," Ball State University
— Second Place (tie): Noelle Bye, "Vets Day," Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: Lora Chaffins, "Haunted Barn," Western Kentucky University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Mitzi Rapkin, "The Poisoned Promise of Altgeld Garden," Northwestern University
— Second Place: Joe Maxfield, "Holocaust Remembrance Day," Southern Illinois University
— Third Place: Mitzi Rapkin, Mike Lowe, Charlotte West, Ansley Meredith, Ann Bagel, Kendra Dawson, Teresa Yuan, Megan Hughes and Rin-rin Yu, "September 11 Aftermath," Northwestern University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Soham Vaishnav and Dominic Stasi, "Fighting Illini Wheelchair Basketball," University of Illinois
— Second Place: Kyle Edelen, "Dancing in the Post Season," Western Kentucky University

Television News Photography
Winner: Scott Hums, "War Protest," Ball State University

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Trent Iliff, "Taxidermy," Illinois State University
— Second Place: Sonnet Treptow, "Morning," Illinois State University
— Third Place: Noelle Bye, "Music Professor," Western Kentucky University

Television Sports Photography
Winner: James Harvey, "Courage and Chaos," Illinois State University
Television Daily Newscast
Winner: News Center 43, Ball State University
— Second Place: River Region Evening Edition, WSIU, Southern Illinois University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University
— Second Place: WKU News Channel 12, Western Kentucky University
— Third Place: JAT News, UKTV, University of Kentucky

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Online Spot News Reporting
No awards given.

Online General News Reporting
Winner: Kirsten Dorsey, "Government's New Telecom Chief," Northwestern University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Kathryn Monroe, "States to Congress: Do This Please," Northwestern University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Kari Neumeyer, "Switzerland's Long Road to Europe," Northwestern University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: Matt Rodewald, "Mike Davis is Retained at IU," Indiana University

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Matt Pearl, "WNUR Analyst," WNUR, Northwestern University
— Second Place: Ben Johnson, Galen Calvio and Steve Smock, "WIUS Sports Online," WIUS, Indiana University

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: Indiana Digital Student, Indiana University
— Second Place: Northern Star Online, Northern Illinois University

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
No awards given.

Best All-Around Student Broadcast Station
No awards given.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Winner:, Northwestern University

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