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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.

2005 Mark of Excellence
National Winners and Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online

2005 Regional Winners

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Editorial Writing
National Winner: The Eagle Editorial Staff, American University, “Ladner Editorial Series”
• National Finalist: The Red and Black Staff, University of Georgia, “Editorial Collection”
• National Finalist: The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board, University of Minnesota, “Editorials”

Editorial Cartooning
National Winner: Eric Gapstur, Iowa State University, “Political Cartoons”
• National Finalist: Jennifer Allen and Nathan Sosa, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “The Rebel Yell Editorial Cartoons #2”
• National Finalist: Albert Pineda, Oregon State University, “Pineda Toons”

General Column Writing
National Winner: Brian Triplett, University of Iowa, “Three Monday Columns”
• National Finalist: Tracey Franks, Arizona State University, “Column Collection”
• National Finalist: Alex Brown, Indiana State University, “Seriously, folks”

Sports Column Writing
National Winner: Ethan Ramsey, Syracuse University, “Birdland”
• National Finalist: Andrew Finley, University of California, Los Angeles, “Column Collection”
• National Finalist: Brad Seiner, Central Missouri State University, “Sports Columns”

Breaking News Reporting
National Winner: Olivia Doherty, The University of Pennsylvania, “SEPTA shut down”
• National Finalist: Alexander Lang, University of Iowa, “Ex-Hawk wrestling coach charged’
• National Finalist: Dan Traylor, Oregon State University, “Continuing coverage of missing woman”

General News Reporting
National Winner: Erika Wurst, Arizona State University, “Education and Jobs”
• National Finalist: Brittany Clement, James Molnar, Marino Eccher and Samantha Toigo, Marquette University, “Falling Down”
• National Finalist: Breanne Gilpatrick, Northwestern University, “County driven to distinction”

In-Depth Reporting
National Winner: Katy Gagnon, University of Oregon, “Anticipating the Aftermath”
• National Finalist: Emily Kaiser, University of Minnesota, “Under heat”
• National Finalist: Katy Stech, Sheila Menz, Ryan Gainer and Scott Boyer, Syracuse University, “Shielded from justice”

Feature Writing
National Winner: Marissa Stephenson, The University of Kansas, “How to be whole again”
• National Finalist: Kayla Webley, The University of Washington, “From students to doctors”
• National Finalist: Caroline Welch, Colorado State University, “Defying labels”

Sports Writing
National Winner: Jenny Vrentas, The Pennsylvania State University, “Back where he belongs”
• National Finalist: Steve Holt, Abilene Christian University, “Naimadu chases track titles”
• National Finalist: Ricky Rud, Iowa State University, “Keeping a brotherhood on track”

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
(published at least 4 times per week)

National Winner: Staff, Indiana University at Bloomington, “Indiana Daily Student”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Oregon, “Oregon Daily Emerald”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Maryland, “The Diamondback”

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
(published 2-3 times per week)

National Winner: Staff, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “The Rebel Yell”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Missouri-Columbia, “The Maneater”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Central Florida, “Central Florida Future”

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
(published no more than once a week)

National Winner: Staff, Auburn University, “The Auburn Plainsman”
National Finalist: Staff, Truman State University, “Index”
• National Finalist: Staff, Metropolitan State College of Denver, “The Metropolitan”

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Magazine Non-Fiction Article
National Winner: Jamie Trudel, Western Washington University, “Two Men and a Baby”
• National Finalist: Katie O’Keefe, Indiana University at Bloomington, “Under Fire”
• National Finalist: Lila Hickey, Colorado State University, “Their Lips are Sealed”

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
National Winner: Staff, Syracuse University, “MPJ”
• National Finalist: Staff, Drake University, “Launch Magazine”
• National Finalist: Staff, California State University, Fullerton, “TUSK Magazine”

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
National Winner: Staff, Louisiana State University, “Legacy Magazine”
• National Finalist: Staff, Texas Christian University, “Image Magazine”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Blue & White”

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Breaking News Photography
National Winner: Daily Sundial Staff, California State University, Northridge, “Residents stunned by speed of wildfires”
• National Finalist: Prince F. Spells, The Pennsylvania State University, “Pepper Sprayed”
• National Finalist: Aaron Bernstein, Indiana University at Bloomington, “Evansville Tornado”

General News Photography
National Winner: Matthew Jonas, Metropolitan State College of Denver, “A Son Grieves”
• National Finalist: Dahn Vu, University of Cincinnati, “Dance Team”
• National Finalist: Brian Frank and Kristina Sangsahachart, San Francisco State University, “Rescue & Relief”

Feature Photography
National Winner: Adrian DiUbaldo, Metropolitan State College of Denver, “To grandma’s house we go”
• National Finalist: Lauren Carroll, University of Georgia, “Iron Man”
• National Finalist: Jacob Konst, University of Arizona, “Bring out your dead”

Photo Illustration
National Winner: Harry Tanielyan, Hofstra University, “Magazine Cover”
• National Finalist: Brandy Emily, Kati McQueen and Jennifer Hanson, Indiana State University, “Covering the Court”
• National Finalist: Jennifer Weisgerber, Bismarck State College, “High Heaven”

Sports Photography
National Winner: Yossi May, Indiana University at Bloomington, “Little 500 Crash”
• National Finalist: Brian Drake, Northern Arizona University, “Lady Jacks”
• National Finalist: Pouya Dianat, University of Maryland, “Eye of the Tiger”

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Radio News Reporting
National Winner: William Pitts, Arizona State University, “Police Officer Violence”
• National Finalist: Danielle Hayner, University of Maryland, “Fakin’ It”
• National Finalist: Heather Hintze, The University of Montana, “Daycare Dilemma”

Radio Feature
National Winner: August Skamenca, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Odyssey of Oppression”
• National Finalist: Edward Jacob, California State University, Northridge, “Altered States Art Exhibit”
• National Finalist: Danielle Wood, Brigham Young University, “Dinosaur Museum”

Radio In-Depth Reporting
National Winner: Jennifer Bobo, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, “Hurricane Katrina Impact Series”
• National Finalist: KBGA News Team, The University of Montana, “Coverage of Reoccurring Violent Attacks”
• National Finalist: Heather Sinclair, California State University, Northridge, “Tigers in Captivity”

Radio Sports Reporting
National Winner: Mark Butman, University of Maryland, “Diamond Dreams”
• National Finalist: Melanie Chapman, Marshall University, “Pruett Retires”
• National Finalist: WGRE Sports Team, DePauw University, “Tiger Countdown to Kickoff”

Radio Newscast
National Winner: Staff, University of Maryland, “Terp Weekly Edition”
• National Finalist: KRVS-FM Staff, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, “Louisiana Focus”
• National Finalist: WNUR Staff, Northwestern University, “WNUR Evening News”

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Television Breaking News Reporting
National Winner: Kara Pospichel, Kent State University, “Battalion 325”
• National Finalist: Adriana Alvarado, Arizona State University, “Snow Storm”
• National Finalist: Tamara Evans, Western Kentucky University, “Picking up the Pieces”

Television General News Reporting
National Winner: Chris Welch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, “Where’s Brenden”
• National Finalist: Natasha Uvkelic, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Street Kids”
• National Finalist: Candace Thornberg, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, “Church Helps Family”

Television Feature
National Winner: Ian Schwartz, Arizona State University, “Drifting”
• National Finalist: Natasha Uvkelic, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Clement”
• National Finalist: Chris Welch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, “1,000 lb. Man”

Television In-Depth Reporting
National Winner: Robyn Kriel, Texas Christian University, “Our Neighbors, Ourselves”
• National Finalist: Erin Moore and Amanda Seese, Kent State University, “H1B Visas”
• National Finalist: Chris Welch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, “Pit Bull Ban”

Television Sports Reporting
National Winner: Jason Tang, Brigham Young University, “International All American”
• National Finalist: Mark Haas, University of Southern California, “Texting Recruits”
• National Finalist: Andrew Gordon and Rene Cusson, Lyndon State College, “Ultimate Frisbee”

Television News Photography
National Winner: Chris Welch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, “Pit Bull Ban”
• National Finalist: Lydia Garlikov and Ross Weidner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Maple View Farm”
• National Finalist: Enrico Meyer, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, “Rockin’ to a Dream”

Television Feature Photography
National Winner: Jason Cole, The University of Montana, “Haunted Hall”
• National Finalist: Lindsey Morone, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, “Breakfast Fly-in”
• National Finalist: Zahid Arab, Arizona State University, “Yo Yo Champ”

Television Sports Photography
National Winner: Lee James Rieber, University of Minnesota, Moorhead, “Kids Trap Shoot”
• National Finalist: Kevin Farmer, The University of Montana, “Lacrosse Team”
• National Finalist: Erik Meltzer, Emerson College, “Boston Bruins Trade Joe Thorton”

Television Newscast
National Winner: Staff, Arizona State University, “ASU NewsWatch”
• National Finalist: WUFT-TV Staff, University of Florida, “News 5”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Carolina Week”

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Online News Reporting
National Winner: Ben Presson and Dave Mosher, Ohio State University, “Woman missing after leaving campus bar”
• National Finalist: Sky Schaudt, Arizona State University, “Cruising the Freeway Blogosphere”
• National Finalist: KUJH-TV Staff, University of Kansas, “Fire destroys apt., cause unknown”

Online Feature Reporting
National Winner: April Chan, University of Maryland, “New Orleans family makes temporary home in Maryland, struggles with school, work adjustments”
• National Finalist: Brittany Hopkins, Drake University, “Revival of the written word”
• National Finalist: Sarah Shemkus, Boston University, “Barney Frank: What it means to be a liberal”

Online In-Depth Reporting
National Winner: 2005 Native News Project, The University of Montana, “Perceptions”
• National Finalist: Mike Santa Rita, Melanie Lo, Ryan Basen and Kim Hart, University of Maryland, “Uncovered: Maryland’s Health Insurance Crisis”
• National Finalist: Staff, West Virginia University, “Starting Over”

Online Sports Reporting
National Winner: Adam Wright, Arizona State University, “Hoops and Hollers: It’s March in Vegas”
• National Finalist: Ryan Dulude and Rikki Lombardi, St. Michael’s College, “Empty Seats”
• National Finalist: Brad Plothow, Utah State University, “Former Aggie Spencer Nelson vying for spot on Jazz roster”

Online Opinion and Commentary
National Winner: Jeff Morton, St. Michael’s College, “3 Staff Editorials”
• National Finalist: Megan Maughan Roe, Utah State University, “Collection”
• National Finalist: no award

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
National Winner: Staff, Ohio State University, “The Lantern Online”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Florida, “The Independent Florida Alligator”
• National Finalist: Staff, Washington and Lee University, “Rockbridge Report”

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
National Winner: Staff, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “CURB Online”
• National Finalist: Staff, California State University, Fullerton, “TUSK Magazine”
• National Finalist: Staff, Drake University, “Drake Mag Online”

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
National Winner: Staff, Northwestern University, “”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
• National Finalist: Staff, Marshall University, “WMUL-FM Online”

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
National Winner: BU Science Journalism Program, Boston University, “Resonance”
• National Finalist: Staff, The University of Montana, “”
• National Finalist: Staff, University of Alabama, “”