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Religion News Service honored at Best of the Church Press awards

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce that its journalists received 8 awards for excellence in religion journalism from the Associated Church Press.

Each spring, the Associated Church Press honors faith communicators’ best work published during the previous year with its “Best of the Church Press” award.

RNS national correspondent Adelle Banks won five awards, including best profile. RNS also received an award of excellence as best news service.

These awards were presented April 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

RNS won awards in the following categories:

Biographical Profile
Award of Excellence: “#ChurchToo supporter Karen Swallow Prior builds bridges between the extremes,” by Adelle M. Banks

Integrated Communications
Award of Excellence, “MLK50,” by Religion News Service staff

News Service
Award of Excellence, by Religion News Service staff

Feature Article: News Service/Website/Blog
Honorable Mention: “Remembering King’s last sermon with renewed hope,” by Adelle M. Banks

In-Depth Coverage: News Service/Website/Blog
Honorable Mention: “Remembering King’s last sermon with renewed hope,” by Adelle M. Banks

Theme Issue, Section, or Series: News Service/Website
Award of Merit: “America’s Preacher: The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham,” by Religion News Service staff

Photography: Photo Spread: Newspaper/News Service/Newsletter
Honorable Mention: “2018 National Day of Prayer, Capitol Ceremony,” by Adelle M. Banks
Award of Merit: “A.C.T. to End Racism Rally,” by Adelle M. Banks

“These awards confirm what we already know — RNS’s coverage of religion news is among the best in the business,” said RNS editor in chief, Bob Smietana. “We are thankful that the judges saw the excellence and value of what we do. Congratulations to Adelle and all of our team.”

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to the Associated Church Press.


Religion News Service is an independent, nonprofit news organization that covers religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS informs readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations. RNS is a subsidiary of the Religion News Foundation and is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. For more information, visit religionnews.com.

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