In February, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks won the first prize for Civility in Public Life from Allegheny College in Western Pennsylvania. The award recognizes two voices of politics and political journalism, one from each side of the political spectrum, who fight for their respective ideological beliefs while maintaining respect and civility for opposing views.
For the second year, Allegheny College is seeking nominations for the Civility Prize, which will be awarded in 2013.
From Allegheny College:
The Civility Prize again will honor individuals who are passionate advocates in our political debate, yet still — over time or in a singularly important moment — demonstrated meaningful civility and respect for opposing individuals or viewpoints. Each year, Allegheny College will honor two recipients, one from each side of the political spectrum, who have shown that civility is not incompatible with strongly held beliefs.
All nominations will be examined by a diverse and prominent award committee which will make recommendations to Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. President Mullen and Allegheny College will then determine the two Civility Prize winners.
Since the NewsHour audience so often stresses the importance of seeking a common ground in politics, we’d like to make sure that you have a chance to submit your Prize for Civility in Public Life nomination. If you would like to recognize someone within your community or the broader world of politics and political journalism who embodies this type of civility within their work, submit your nominations by Sept. 28 here.