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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.

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.

2004 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

Newspaper/Wire | Magazines | Radio | Television | Research | Online

Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Church bus crash on turnpike kills 3,” Staff of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=722

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Sniper suspect captured in Las Vegas,” Staff of the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas, Nev.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=723

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)“The Bridge,” Joseph Neff, Jay Price and Charles Crain of The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=724

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“The China Challenge,” Craig Troianello of the Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, Wash.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=725

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Airport Insecurity,” Staff of the Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=726

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Missing the target,” Michele R. Marcucci, Sean Holstege and Ian Hoffman of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=727

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Operation lion heart,” Meredith May of the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=728

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Hot Dog, Ho!,” Sam Eifling of the New Times Broward/Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=729

Editorial Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“School bus stops,” Diane Steinle of the St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=730

Washington Correspondence
“Military Menace: Deadly Vehicles,” Lisa Zagaroli of The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=731

Foreign Correspondence
“Reporting from Latin America,” Kevin G. Hall of Knight Ridder Newspapers, Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=732

General Column Writing
“Doug Robinson Columns,” Doug Robinson of the Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=733

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, Denver, Colo.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=734

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The Troubles at King/Drew,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=735

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“At Fault: Inside the culture of auto insurance fraud,” Staff of The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=736

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Magazine Writing
“Road to Ruin,” Andrea Simakis of The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, Cleveland, Ohio.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=737

Public Service in Magazine Journalism
“Dangerous Supplements: Still at Large,” Staff of Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=738

Magazine Investigative Reporting
“Reporting series on Abu Ghraib interrogations scandal,” Staff of Newsweek, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=739


Photography Spot News
“War Zone,” Staff of The Associated Press, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=740

Photography Features
“Matters of Life and Death,” John Moore of The Associated Press, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=741

Photography Sports
“Swifter, Higher, Stronger,” Wally Skalij, Robert Gauthier and Kirk McKoy of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=742

Photo Illustration
“Grab Your Tent,” by Tina Burch of the Daily News of Los Angeles, Woodland, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=743

Editorial Cartooning“2004 Editorial Cartoons,” John Sherffius, Self-Syndicated, Ballwin, Mo.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=744

Informational Graphics
“The Olympic Games,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=745

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Breaking News Reporting
“Ronald Reagan,” Staff of CBS Radio News, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=746

Investigative Reporting “Putting Ethics on the Agenda,” Dan Gorenstein, Josh Rogers, Mark Bevis and Jon Greenberg of New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord, N.H.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=747

Feature Reporting “For Homeless, New Hope in Health Care,” Richard Knox, Rebecca Davis and Joe Neel of National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=748

“UNder Fire: The United Nations’ Battle for Relevance,” David Brancaccio, Simon Marks, Kristin McHugh and Keith Porter of The Stanley Foundation and KQED Public Radio, San Francisco, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=750

Public Service in Radio Journalism “Trust Matters,” Staff of WFAE 90.7, Charlotte, N.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=749

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Breaking News Coverage (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Beslan Schools,” Elizabeth Palmer, Beth Knobel, Mimi Spillane and Patricia Shevlin of CBS Evening News, Weekend Edition, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=751

Investigative Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Abuse at Abu Ghraib,” Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and Dana Roberson of CBS News 60 Minutes II, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=752

Investigative Reporting (all other markets)
“Dominican Gold Rush,” Tom Farrey, Dan Arruda, Ron Forchheimer and Vince Doria of ESPN, Bristol, Conn.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=753

Feature Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“American Story with Bob Dotson,” Bob Dotson, Laurie Singer, Tom Touchet and Betsy Alexander of NBC News, TODAY, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=754

Feature Reporting (all other markets)
“Courting the Rural Vote,” Rhonda McBride and Phil Walczak of KTUU-TU, Channel 2, Anchorage, Alaska.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=755

Documentaries (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Wide Angle: Ladies First,” Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, Deborah Shaffer and Colette Kunkel of Thirteen/WNET New York, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=756

Documentaries (all other markets)
“Shadow of Hope,” Ken Verdoia, Nancy Green and Gary Turnier of KUED-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=757

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Dateline NBC Presents: Critical Condition,” The Staff of Dateline NBC, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=758

Public Service in Television Journalism (all other markets)
“The Bully Project,” Staff of WITI Fox 6 News, Milwaukee, Wis.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=759

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Research about Journalism“State of the News Media 2004,” Tom Rosensteil, Amy Mitchelle & The Staff of the Project for Excellence in Journalism of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=760

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Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Hurricane Charley,” Damon Carroll, Jon DeVries, Lucas Grindley and Brian Mohr of heraldtribune.com, Sarasota, Fla.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=761

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Convention Center,” Staff of DenverPost.com, Denver, Colo.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=762

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Broadband: Breaking the Digital Gridlock,” John Borland, Jim Hu and Michael Kanellos of CNet News.com, San Francisco, Calif.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=763

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Terror Watch,” Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball of Newsweek.com, New York, N.Y.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=764

Investigative Reporting (independent)
“Politics of Oil,” Bob Williams, Kevin Bogardus, Aron Pilhofer and Alex Cohen of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=765

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“Diagnosis Cancer,” Staff of NJN Public Television and Radio of NJN Public Television and Radio, Trenton, N.J.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=766

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“Personal Politics: All too often, legislators’ private interests are hidden from public view,” Staff, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=767

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