Nominations are now being accepted for the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, presented annually by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists to recognize outstanding service in civic journalism. Deadline is March 1, 2012.
The award was established in 1999 to honor a columnist whose work has positively affected readers’ lives and produced tangible benefits for the community served by the columnist’s newspaper.
This year’s award, for work done in 2011, will be presented at the NSNC annual conference in Macon, Ga., May 3-6, 2012. The winner is expected to be present. The award includes a $500 stipend to help defray expenses of attending the conference.
Past winners include best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal; Dave Lieber, Watchdog columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Canadian columnist Lindor Reynolds; and last year’s honoree, Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press, cited for her decade-long project for adult literacy and many other community service activities. A complete list of past winners may be found at Will Rogers Humanitarians.
Download nomination form here.