About

Our Vision

The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions.

Mission

Religion News Service (RNS) is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary,  and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. RNS is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

History

For nearly 80 years, the Religion News Service has been an authoritative source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. With a team of correspondents around the world, RNS provides news on religion and its intersections with political and cultural issues. Our stories are distributed to the nation’s leading newspapers, news magazines, online media outlets, broadcasting firms and religious publications.

The Religious News Service was founded by journalist Louis Minsky (1909-1957), as an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. From the start, it was dedicated to providing fair, balanced, non-sectarian news about religion to the secular and religious press.

In 1983, RNS was acquired by the Dallas-based United Methodist Reporter and continued to operate as an independent news agency. In 1994, Newhouse News Service, a major publisher of daily newspapers and magazines, purchased it and changed its name to Religion News Service.

In June 2011, RNS returned to its non-profit roots when it was acquired by the Religion Newswriters Foundation. Today, RNS operates as a service of the Religion Newswriters Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, under the leadership of Publisher/CEO Heidi Thompson and Editor-in-Chief Jerome Socolovsky.

The RNS editorial office is located at the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington D.C., 20045, and has a business office at the University of Missouri’s Journalism School, 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, Mo., 65211.