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Mark of Excellence
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Awards & Honors Committee

Andy Schotz, chair
Bio (click to expand) picture Andy Schotz was a city editor for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md., for about 19 months until he was laid off on April 17, 2017.

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 frequent 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. He is currently the committee's chairman.

Before joining The Frederick News-Post in 2015, he was an editor at The Gazette, a chain of weekly papers, in Montgomery County, Md. He was there for almost 2 1/2 years before The Gazette folded in June 2015.

Schotz worked for eight years as a reporter and editor at The Altamont Enterprise, a weekly paper in upstate New York, then 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.

Awards Committee Members

Heather Lovett Dunn
Content director
Cronkite News
Bio (click to expand) picture As content director for Cronkite News, Heather Lovett Dunn assists student reporters with story ideas and development, writing and live presentation of those stories in the award-winning student-produced live newscast Cronkite News.

Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Dunn worked as the senior content manager at KPNX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. She also served as managing editor and executive producer of the morning newscast at the NBC affiliate. While there, she was honored with three Emmy awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage of the Yarnell Wildfire, as well as for School Solutions, a franchise dedicated to helping parents navigate the education system. Dunn also produced newscasts at KPHO-TV and KTVK-TV, both in Phoenix, as well as KVOA-TV in Tucson, Ariz. Dunn also produced two education town halls in conjunction with NBC News’ “Education Nation.”

Dunn graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and political science. She has been a Kneeland Project Fellow and a graduate of Valley Leadership, and was named one of Xavier College Preparatory’s Women of Distinction. She considers herself a native Phoenician, and lives in central Phoenix with her husband.

Pat Duggins
News Director
Alabama Public Radio
Bio (click to expand) picture I'm News Director at Alabama Public Radio, an international award-winning journalist, and a published author. I'm recognized globally for covering 103 NASA Space Shuttle missions, including both the Challenger and Columbia Shuttle accidents. I spent 14 years covering NASA for NPR, and 8 years for the USA Radio Network based in Dallas.

Within a year and a half of my re-organizing the APR newsroom, the team and I were generously honored with first of eighty three awards for journalism excellence to date--one third of which are at the national or international level.

I hold a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama with a focus on the influence of internet audience data on future story selection. My unique survey included 400 commercial and non-profit radio news leaders.

My first book on NASA came out in 2007, and my second in 2010. My second book, "Trailblazing Mars," is coming out as a paperback in 2017. I've spoken at Harvard and at NASA on the future of the space program, and written about space for "Modern Weekly" magazine in Shanghai, China.

Jay Evensen
Editorial Page Editor
The Deseret News
Bio (click to expand) picture Jay Evensen is a senior columnist and editorial writer for the Deseret News and deseretnews.com in Salt Lake City, where he has worked since 1986. He currently is a member of the SDX Board and previously served for six years as the Region 9 director on the SPJ Board. He also was president of the Utah Headliners chapter of SPJ in the early '90s. He has won numerous local and regional SPJ awards, was in charge of the Utah Headliner awards in the '90s, and has been a judge for MOE, SDX, the Pulliam Fellowship, the First Amendment Award and several other local and regional awards. He enjoys serving on the committee because he believes SPJ's awards are perhaps its most visible face to the world of journalism and must reflect the utmost in credibility and prestige.

Sue Kopen Katcef
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
Bio (click to expand) picture Sue Kopen Katcef is an award winning reporter who's currently the Broadcast Bureau Director for the Capital News Service operated by the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sue has been a member of SPJ since 1974 (when it was still Sigma Delta Chi) while a student at the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and a former long-time board member of the Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. She has previously served on the SPJ national board as a campus adviser at-large and is currently SPJ's National Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs. Sue has served on SPJ's Awards & Honors Committee for a number of years. As chair of the committee, Sue led the panel in what is now an on-going review of both the MOE and SDX awards to try and contemporize both contests. Sue has submitted MOE entries (on behalf of her students) as well as judged and coordinated (regionally) the Mark of Excellence contest and served as a judge for many years of the Sigma Delta Chi contest.

Jason Parsley

Alex Veeneman
Bio (click to expand) picture Alex Veeneman is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in the US and the UK, including in Kettle Magazine of London and Rewire at Twin Cities PBS. He also is a member of SPJ's Ethics Committee. He has served previously as SPJ's Community Coordinator, and has contributed to SPJ's editorial platforms. He has also judged the SDX awards for the past four years.

Veeneman is committed to helping journalism thrive in the digital age and believes in the values at the core of SPJ's Code of Ethics. He also believes in SPJ's work because when journalists are at their best, so are their audience.

A native of Chicago, Veeneman lives in Minneapolis.

SPJ Awards

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Local/Regional Contests

National SPJ Contests

Sigma Delta Chi Awards
The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes given in the profession, and are unique, because they recognize achievement in all forms of journalism: print, television, radio, graphics, magazines, research, newsletters and online. Nominations now open.

Mark of Excellence Awards
The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism. Judged at the regional and national level, the annual competition offers 51 categories in newspapers, magazines, photography, radio, television and online journalism. Nominations now open.

SPJ National High School Essay Contest
SPJ wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Free Media to our lives. The top three national winners receive scholarship awards. Nominations now open.

New America Award
SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Nominations now open.


National Awards, Fellowships and Internships

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing
The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

Heroes of the 50 States: The State Government Hall of fame
A joint venture by SPJ and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states.

Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships
The Society of Professional Journalists annually awards two Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships. One intern works in the offices of the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. The other intern works at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis.


National SPJ Honors (Public)

Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
The Award honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education and to maintaining the highest standards of the profession.

Ethics in Journalism Award
The Ethics in Journalism Award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior. Nominations are open. Self-nomination is permitted.

Fellows of the Society
The Fellows of the Society honor is presented to journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.

Historic Sites in Journalism
The recognition honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.

Sunshine Award
The Sunshine Award recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.

Kunkel Awards
SPJ’s Kunkel Awards recognizes excellence in video game journalism. Anyone can nominate an entry at no cost, and all entries will be judged by professional journalists.

Bayonet Awards
Recognizing the nation's edgiest student journalists. Are you sharp enough?


National SPJ Honors (Members)

Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
The Award salutes individual professional members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.

David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
The Award honors individuals who have done an outstanding job serving as SPJ campus adviser and who have contributed to their chapters and the national organization over an extended period of time.

Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
The Award honors a graduating student in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award
This Award honors a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism.

Wells Memorial Key
Wells Memorial Key is the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a member for outstanding service to the Society over a period of years.


National Chapter Awards

Circle of Excellence Awards
The awards recognize chapters for outstanding efforts in five key areas.

Outstanding Professional and Campus Chapter Awards
The awards salute chapters for overall excellence in supporting the Society’s missions, members and the profession. Up to three large and three small professional chapters will be selected each year for recognition, with one in each category being chosen as the chapter of the year. On the campus level, one will be selected from each of SPJ's 12 regions, with one being chosen as the overall campus chapter of the year.


National Contests (Discontinued)

First Amendment Award
The First Amendment Award honored individuals and organizations for extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment.

Helen Thomas Award
The Helen Thomas Award honored an individual or individuals for a lifetime of contribution to the journalism profession.

Regional Director of the Year Award
This Award honored an outstanding SPJ regional director.


Local and Regional SPJ Contests

Recognizing outstanding achievement in journalism and dedicated service to the profession and the Society is an important part of the Society of Professional Journalists. The purpose is to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism. Many SPJ regions and local chapters have developed their recognition programs to honor individuals and groups for their work, service and contributions to the Society and the profession.

The Green Eyeshade Awards
Open to journalists in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards
Includes Professional, High School/Community College contests and Scholarships. Sponsored by SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter.

Louisville (Kentucky) Metro Journalism Awards

Connecticut SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Deadline Club Awards
Sponsored by the New York City Chapter Deadline Club.

Press Club of Long Island Awards

Keystone Pro Spotlight Contest
Sponsored by the Keystone Pro Chapter.

Dateline Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter.

First Amendment Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Fort Worth Pro Chapter.

South Florida Chapter Scholarships
Must be from South Florida.

The Golden Press Card Awards
Sponsored by the East Tennessee Pro Chapter.

Journalist of the Year & Excellence in Journalism
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter.

Ohio’s Best Journalism
Conducted jointly by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland SPJ pro chapters.

Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism
Sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club.

Page One Awards
Sponsored by the SPJ Minnesota Pro Chapter.

Los Angeles Pro Chapter Annual Awards
For more information, visit this chapter's website.

Northern California Excellence in Journalism Awards
Honoring journalists in Northern California. Sponsored by the SPJ Northern California Pro Chapter.

San Diego-Area Journalism Competition
Sponsored by the San Diego pro chapter. Entry form available from chapter website.

Best of Indiana Journalism Contest
Sponsored by the Indiana pro chapter. Entry form and additional information available from chapter website.


All Awards
Sigma Delta Chi
Mark of Excellence
New America Award
Foundation Awards

Contact Matthew Kent.

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