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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
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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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2002 Mark of Excellence
Region 3 Winners/Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Jamal Bradford, Florida A&M University, Atlanta Journal Constitution
— Second Place: Matt Clower, Troy State University, Tropolitan
— Third Place: Jaime Sarrio, Rachel Votta and Tiffany Turner, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Honorable Mention: Jeff Haws, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon
— Honorable Mention: Sarah Myrick, Joe Black, Ryan Kent and Mark Ward, University of Florida, The Independent Florida Alligator

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Christopher Arnold, University of Central Florida, The Central Florida Future
— Second Place: Mack Williams, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Third Place: No award given.

General Column Writing
Winner: Jeff Haws, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon
— Second Place (tie): Sean Kirby and Jared Cartee, Troy State University, Tropolitan
— Second Place (tie): J. Danielle Daniels, Florida A&M University
— Third Place: No award given.

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Tim Vacek, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, The Daily Beacon
— Second Place: Khari Williams, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Third Place: Elizabeth Broadway, Florida A&M University, The Famuan

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Krista Zilizi, University of Central Florida
— Second Place: Staci Zavattaro, University of Florida, The Independent Alligator
— Third Place: Tracy Swartz, University of Florida, The Palm Beach Post

General News Reporting
Winner: Kelly Tyko, Florida Atlantic University, University Press
— Second Place: Adam Rosche, University of Central Florida, The Central Florida Future
— Third Place: Jeff Haws, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Linnea Brown, University of Central Florida, The Central Florida Future
— Second Place: John Huiett, Valerie Matchette and Anita Trevino, University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter
— Third Place: Tracy Swartz, University of Florida, Roll Call Daily
— Honorable Mention: Sara Bancroft, Clayton Kale and Lark Patterson, University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter

Feature Writing
Winner: Staci Zavattaro, University of Florida, The Independent Florida Alligator
— Second Place: Rob Brannon, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Third Place: Krista Zilzi and Andrea Milam, University of Central Florida, The Central Future
— Honorable Mention: Dena Levitz, University of Georgia, The Red & Black

Sports Writing
Winner: Elizabeth Rod, University of South Carolina, The Carolina Reporter
— Second Place: Khari Williams, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Third Place: Tim Vacek, University of Tennessee, The Daily Beacon
— Honorable Mention: Khari Williams, University of South Florida, The Oracle
— Honorable Mention: Seth Traub, University of Florida, The Independent Florida Alligator

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Red & Black, Samira Jafari and Kathleen Baydala-editors, University of Georgia
— Second Place: The Oracle, University of South Florida
— Third Place: The Daily Beacon, John Tester and Clifford Hightower-editors, University of Tennessee

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: The Central Florida Future, University of Central Florida
— Second Place: Miami Hurricane, Jordan Rodack-editor, University of Miami
— Third Place: The Famuan, Florida A&M University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published less than twice a week)
Winner: The Auburn Plainsmen, Adam Jones-editor, Auburn University
— Second Place: The Carolina Reporter, University of South Carolina
— Third Place: Tropolitan, Troy State University

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: Rachel Goldberg, University of Florida, Orange & Blue Magazine
— Second Place: Kelly Tyko, Florida Atlantic University, The University Press
— Third Place: Jason Backlund, University of Florida, Orange & Blue Magazine

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Omnibus, University of South Florida
— Second Place: Gallery 2002, Walters State Community College
— Third Place: No award given.

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Orange & Blue, David Schipper, editor-in-chief, University of Florida
— Second Place: Journey Magazine, A. Tieler Giles, editor-in-chief, Florida A&M University
— Third Place: Phoenix Literary Art Magazine, Ashley Vandoom and Jenny Darden, editors-in-chief, University of Tennessee

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Adam Crow, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

General News Photography
Winner: Dateline Alabama, University of Alabama
— Second Place: Megan Lovett, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Third Place: Monira Al-Haroun, University of Georgia, The Red & Black

Feature Photography
Winner: Megan Lovett, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Second Place: Julie Ross, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: No award given.

Photo Illustration
Winner: Courtney Harris, University of Florida, Orange & Blue Magazine
— Second Place: Keri Wiginton, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Third Place: No award given.

Sports Photography
Winner: Dan McLaughlin, University of Georgia, The Red & Black
— Second Place: Adam Crow, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Matt Roth, University of Georgia, The Red & Black

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: Matt Mauro, "White Power Rally," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Radio Feature
Winner: Grayson Kamm, "Follow the Water," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.
— Honorable Mention: Ben Klein, "Inmate Work Farm," University of Florida, WUFT -FM

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Erich Spivey, "Helping the Homeless," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Second Place: Paul Milliken, "Gay Adoptions," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Third Place: No award given.
— Honorable Mention: Bret Brillante, "Dangers of Online Gambling," University of Florida, WUFT-FM
— Honorable Mention: Racquel Hessing, "Dairy Farm," University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Scott Lea, "Gator Nationals," University of Florida, WUFT-FM
— Second Place (tie): Mandy Mitchell, "Out of Control Parents," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Second Place (tie): Erin Gell, "Title 9," University of Florida, WRUF Radio
— Third Place: Ben Klein, "Florida-Tennessee Rivalry," University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Radio Daily Newscast
First Place: WRUF-FM, "Front Page on Air," University of Florida
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Lisa Whitlow, "Grand Jury," University of Florida, WUFT-TV News 5
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: G. Stuart Smith, "Video Games," University of Florida, WUFT-TV News 5
— Second Place: Stacey Strussion, "Living Wage," University of Miami, UMTV
— Third Place: Leonard Horton III, "New Adult Superstore," Florida A&M University, FAMU-TV 20

Television Feature
Winner: Tiffany Griffith, "Lymphedema," University of Florida, WUFT-TV 5
— Second Place: Elizabeth Naranjo, "Millie The Orangutan," University of Miami, UMTV
— Third Place: Elizabeth Potts, "Bully Busters," University of Miami, UMTV

Television In-Depth Reporting
No awards given.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Mandy Clodfelter Mitchell, "Rivalry," University of Florida, WUFT-TV News 5
— Second Place: Chad Oliver and Ashley Wharton, "Georgia Gameday," University of Georgia, Athens Charter Communications
— Third Place: John Huddleston, "Warriors on The Warrior," University of Alabama, WVUA-7

Television News Photography
Winner: Michael Stanton, "Chemical Spill," University of Alabama, Cat. 31-TV
— Second Place: Erich Spivey, "Party Patrol," University of Florida, WUFT-TV News 5
— Third Place: No award given.

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Augustine Rho, "The Voice of Rape," Florida A&M University, FAMU-TV 20
— Second Place: Leonard Horton III and Wyllie Wilson, "Like a Virgin," Florida A&M University, FAMU-TV 20
— Third Place: No award given.

Television Sports Photography
Winner: John Huddleston, "Warriors on the Warrior," University of Alabama, Cat. 33 TV
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: News 5 Students, "News 5 at 5:30," University of Florida, WUFT-TV News 5
— Second Place: TSU Television, "TSU Nightly News," Troy State University, TSU Television
— Third Place: No award given.

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: UMTV, Newsvision, University of Miami,
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
Winner: Major Highfield, "Sorensen Resigns," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "Coach Fran leaves," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Kristy Kirkland, "Siegelman concedes race for governor," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Online General News Reporting
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "The Velcro Pygmies give cover a good name," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Kristy Kirkland, "Fireplaces and only four bills passed," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Emily Kornegay, "City Café remains small town success," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "A room with a different view," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Kristy Kirkland, "Ready to rule the world among other things," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Tanya Caldwell, "Good news for tourists," Florida A&M University
— Second Place: Major Highfield, "Reese Phifer and the Tunnel of Doom," University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: No award given.

Online Sports Reporting
No awards given.

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Kathleen Penton, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Second Place: Brad Guire, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama
— Third Place: Major Highfield, University of Alabama, Dateline Alabama

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: No award given.
— Second Place (tie): The Carolina Reporter, University of South Carolina
— Second Place (tie): The Red & Black, University of Georgia
— Third Place: No award given.

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
— Second Place: No award given.
— Third Place: No award given.

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